BNP publicly claims that it will not join the election except BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia participating in it. However, behind the closed door, they discuss about joining the polls as a joint force along with other partners of 20-party alliance against ruling party Awami League (AL) for a participatory election. Excluding Jamaat, BNP has proposed to name candidates only in 150 seats when the alliance partners would share the other 150 seats. Sources said, Jatiya Party (JaPA) Chairman HM Ershad demanded 70 seats after receiving the offer from BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul. Sources in BNP said, if the party has to participate in the general election without its chairperson, BNP will aim for defeating AL.
A BNP leader said, "In such situation, if we have to go to the poll then it will be done as part of the movement. And the main aim of the movement is overthrowing the government." The leader said, "It is becoming clear that if this government is in power, there is no possibility of the release of Begum Zia. Therefore, we want to build national unity on this issue.
BNP sources said that if BNP participates in the eleventh parliamentary election, the highest sacrifice will be made. BNP will not think about the seats. Recently, Mirza Fakhrul proposed to share half of the seats in the interest of unity. The other half of the seats will be shared with Jatiya Party, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Gano Forum and Nagorik Oikko.
BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed said, "There is a discussion ongoing with other parties to create an all party unity. However, it will not happen by breaking the 20-party alliance. There is a 20-party alliance; there is a plan of having an electoral platform with other active parties outside the alliance."
According to different sources, this 150-150 theory of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came from the late Communist Party leader Mohammad Farhad. In 1986, as part of the anti-Ershad movement Mohammad Farhad had proposed to participate in the election. In this election, that Communist leader offered the two leaders to participate in symbolic elections by holding 150 seats. That proposal made a huge response to the political arena. According to the law of the then parliamentary election, a candidate could contest from multiple seats. After Mohammad Farhad`s proposal, Ershad reformed the People`s Representation Order, 1972 secretly. The amendment said that a person can compete in the maximum 5 seats. Although Ershad left, the amendment is still in force. BNP secretary general wants such a symbolic election for the release of Khaleda Zia, reinstatement of non-partisan government and the fall of the AL government. BNP wants to take part in the election only to overthrow the government. A BNP leader said, "It is difficult to unite all the parties against AL. However, if it is done making the biggest sacrifice, it would be difficult for the government to hold a rigged poll.”
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