BNP`s fugitive acting chairman Tarique Zia is taking the main decision about the eleventh parliamentary election. He spoke to several top leaders of BNP today (Thursday) from London over the phone and gave his opinion about the election. It has been learned that Tarique Zia would make the formal announcement about the election to BNP leaders.
BNP sources said, today Tarique Zia made phone calls to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Mirza Abbas. He wanted to know the reasons as to the participation or boycotting the election.
Mirza Fakhrul said to Tarique Zia, the government wants BNP not to go to the polls. That is why Begum Zia was taken to the prison from the hospital on the announcement day of election schedule. Now if BNP goes to the polls, such election will be held where BNP will not be given any space. Now if BNP participates, the government will use the party for the recognition of their legitimacy. Mirza Fakhrul further said, without any achievement, we should not go to this election.
Asked about the minimum achievement, Mirza Fakhrul said to BNP`s acting chairman that BNP should go to the polls only after the release of Begum Zia so that she can at least supervise the election management.
However, party`s Standing Committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed disagreed with BNP secretary-general. Moudud Ahmed told Tarique Zia that since the government has taken a strategy to keep BNP away from the election, BNP should go to the polls as part of the movement. After going to the polls if it appears that the Election Commission is acting as a puppet of the government, a process can be made to boycott the election then.
However, two members of BNP standing committee Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Mirza Abbas supported the strategy of movement instead of the participation. Both of them told Tarique Zia that movement must be continued for the shortest period of time. The movement should be carried out from the announcement of election schedule, and continue till the time of nomination. It is necessary to create a sudden movement that will cancel the election and will collapse the government in the end.
It is known that Tarique Zia has heard all the opinions. And close source of BNP said that Tarique Zia did not say anything about not going to the polls. Rather, he talked about the participation. He is speaking on favor of the election. Tarique is asking several leaders, what will be the achievement of BNP if they participate in the election? Apart from this, whoever met or spoke with Tarique Zia earlier had the indication of participating in the election from him. He instructed them to take preparation for the election under any circumstances.
Multiple responsible sources of BNP confirmed, Tarique Zia can inform BNP`s official position within some days after the announcement of the schedule. And Tarique`s decision would be considered as the final decision of BNP. Because, BNP leaders think that party`s Chairperson Khaleda Zia has no favorable mental and physical condition to take any decision regarding the election.