BNP wants inclusion of all allied partners of the 20-party alliance to join the movement with a view to releasing Khaleda Zia from jail. However, most of the partners are not willing to respond to the call of BNP for two reasons.
First, Khaleda has been arrested in a sensational corruption case. Secondly, Tarique Rahman is in the driving seat of BNP.
BNP General Secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and several other BNP leaders have already started the dialogue with Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Nagorik Oikya, Gano Forum, Krishak Sramik Janata League and Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB). But, the 20-party alliance partners are not interested in the movement.
Sources said, Dr. A. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury has been contacted by BNP. The former president of Bangladesh only expressed his shock but did not agree to take stand against the corruption case officially. Not only that, he also did not like making Tarique the acting chief of BNP in haste. Rather, he urged to think about the united movement regarding the election.
When Bangabir Kader Siddique (Bir Uttam), president of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League, was contacted, he only reiterated his position on the united movement. He also proposed BNP leaving the company of Jamaat-e-Islami and still, he adhered to his proposition. Moreover, he has ‘reservation’ about Tarique. Kader stressed on legal fight against the prison sentence of Khaleda.
Similarly, CPB and the left front party did not also show any interest in the movement issue. CPB said, ‘Our stance is against the corruption. We want justice for all corruption cases.’ A leader of CPB said, ‘Tarique Rahman is a marked corrupt politician. We are reluctant to be involved in the movement.’
Though Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna seemed to be sympathetic towards BNP and Khaleda Zia, he does not want to jump into the fire alone.
In such situation, BNP might walk alone in the movement that aims at freeing Khaleda Zia.
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