Begum Khaleda Zia is standing in the middle of BNP going to the polls. Responsible sources of BNP said BNP would participate in the election if Begum Zia is released on bail and given the opportunity to participate in the election. On the other hand, the government said that the government would consider the matter if Begum Zia seeks parole. But the matter of bail is the jurisdiction of the court. On the backdrop of dialogue, Khaleda Zia remains as the trump card of BNP and AL`s bargain. Responsible sources said even if BNP and AL hold talks for seven rounds, the main demand of BNP will remain only one—the release of Begum Khaleda Zia. Khaleda Zia is not only BNP`s trump card but also she is the trump card for the government. The government is using Begum Zia as a trump card to bring BNP to the polls. The government has made it clear that if BNP does not go to the polls, she will be taken to Nazimuddin Road from Bangabandhu.
Quick steps will be taken to resolve 34 cases against her. Begum Zia`s politics will end forever. Several sources said that the meetings are ongoing between the government and BNP in the light of the formal discussion. Begum Zia is at the center of the meeting.
A leader of the BNP`s Standing Committee said, "We know that after the announcement of the election schedule nothing is possible without one demand of the 7-point demands. The government will not form a non-partisan government. Even Parliament will not dissolve." According to him, "Only one demand can be achieved then, it is the release of Begum Zia." Another BNP leader said, "We want to go to the polls with some achievements. In that case, the release of Begum Zia can be the biggest one." According to him," A mass flow will take place if the release of Begum Zia is confirmed before the election."
BNP leaders said, "Dialogue is a photo session. Dr. Kamal Hossain is a mediator. We have come closer to the actual dialogue."
However, the disagreement of AL and BNP is on parole or bail. The government has no objection of releasing Begum Zia before the election. But it wants Khaleda to seek parole and go outside the country. A section of BNP agreed with this. Khaleda’s chief lawyer Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain had been in favor of parole for four months. But a part of BNP is not in favor of parole. According to them, if Begum Zia gets bail, she gets an opportunity to campaign for election. It will be a great motivation for BNP to go to the polls. Barrister Moudud Ahmed said, “The government wants to take BNP to polls by holding Khaleda a hostage.” However, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader refused such claim and said, “The government can give parole to Khaleda. The court has ordered her arrest, it has also disqualified her from participating in the election. The government has no say in this matter.”