In the past few days, BNP has been making preparations to join the national unity. On Sunday, BNP held meeting with the 20-party alliance where it discussed joining the national unity process of Gano Forum and the United Front.
Yesterday, in the vice chairman level meeting of BNP, it discussed this issue. In both meetings, BNP said that it would join the unity for greater interests regardless of sacrificing the most. BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan said, ‘We’re joining the national unity giving the most concessions.’ After talking with BNP leaders, it has been known that the party wants to give concession in seven matters to join the unity. Those are:
1 ) The number one issue of the national unity will be the demand for a free, fair and neutral election. BNP will join the unity with the minimum demand of elections under a non-partisan government. There will be no demand of BNP including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release or the August 21 grenade attack case.
2) BNP will not take the leadership of this unity. Rather, Dr. Kamal Hossain or Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury will lead this unity.
3) When the national unity will be formed, the 20-party alliance will become inactive. However, 20-party allies LDP, BJP and Bangladesh Kalyan Party will join the unity.
4) If the movement becomes successful, BNP will leave up to 125 seats for the partners of the national unity in the elections.
5) If the greater unity goes to power, BNP will not run the government for the first two years. BNP will give support to the leadership of Dr. Kamal Hossain or Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury.
6) BNP will run the government in the last three years. But it will only observe the programs of national unity to run the country. It will not force the unity to follow its own policy.
7) Khaleda Zia or Tarique Zia, none of them will be in the government of national unity. After five years of the elections, they may participate in the elections.
BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan said, ‘Our sole aim is to remove Awami League from power. Our objective is to oust Awami League from power rather than getting into power.’