Most leaders think that BNP is now under in Tarique`s rule. Since 2001, Tarique Zia`s influence in BNP has been increasing. Whoever comes under Tarique Zia`s anger either has to leave the party or remain inactive. Just because of Tarique Zia`s disliking, efficient leader of the party like Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury had to leave BNP. Because of being publicly vocal against Tarique Zia, eminent leader like Major (Retd) Akhtaruzzaman had to become inactive in party activity. Many BNP leaders said that without Tarique Zia`s `blessing`, nobody in BNP can be in a good position. But it is found in deep investigation that despite not being favorite of Tarique Zia, many leaders in the BNP are in a very strong position. They speak against Tarique Zia whenever they get the opportunity. Begum Zia is the main reason for their strong position. The second main reason is that the situation is such that Tarique can not exclude them if he wants.
The person, whose position is after Begum Zia and Tarique Zia in BNP is party`s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. After the arrest of Begum Zia, he has become the moderator of the party. But Mirza Fakhrul is not Tarique`s favorite. After becoming the BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul did not have a direct meeting with Tarique even for once. Even last year when Begum Zia went to London, the BNP secretary general also wanted to go to London. But due to Tarique Zia`s unwillingness, Fakhrul canceled the London tour. Although Amir Khasru Mahmud, Abdul Awal Mintoo went to London and met Tarique Zia then. Tarique Zia expressed strong dissatisfaction over Mirza Fakhrul`s bail in 2014 when he disguised himself by wearing burqa in the Supreme Court premises. Still now they possess completely different ideologies. In spite of being Tarique Zia`s disfavored person, Mirza Fakhrul is now the secretary general of BNP. It was possible just because Begum Zia`s choice. Besides, because of his separate image outside the party, Tarique cannot throw Fakhrul away.
Senior BNP leader Tariqul Islam, who is a member of the standing committee, has engaged in a public conflict with Tarique. Since 2001, he is the main leader of anti-Tarique chapter of the party. Multiple sources of BNP confirmed that Tarique wanted to exclude Tariqul from the position of the Standing Committee of the party on the pretext of illness. But it was not possible due to the strong objection of Begum Zia.
Another member of BNP’s standing committee Lt. General (retd.) Mahbubur Rahman is a critic of Tarique Zia. Yet, this reformist leader of BNP thinks that Tarique Zia should move away from politics. During the one-eleven period, he wanted to end the dynastic rule in BNP. How he is still in BNP after all this is a surprise. However, in the army, General Mahbub was considered as a respected personality. BNP will not be able to throw him out even it wants.
Abdullah Al Noman is one of the two leaders of Chittagong BNP, who is on Tarique Zia`s dislike list. This popular leader of BNP expressed his anger and said that Tarique Zia did not allow him to become a member of the standing committee. Because of this, an angry Noman wanted to resign. But at the request of Begum Zia, he remains in the party as the vice-chairman. Many BNP leaders and activists think that even after being popular in the party he is being deprived just because of Tarique Zia.
Tarique Zia`s dislike list is quite long. But the names of these top leaders are discussed the most in BNP.