Before the arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, BNP abolished Article 7 that would prevent bankrupt, insane, corrupt or notorious individuals from being BNP candidate for contesting national elections. However, the High Court has recently asked the Election Commission not to accept the amended Article 7 of BNP’s constitution and dispose of the petition in this regard within a month. As a result, Khaleda Zia became unable to serve as the chairperson and Tarique Zia as the vice chairman of the party. Therefore, the question arises, who will now allocate the sheaf of paddy symbol in BNP?
Because according to the rules of the Election Commission, the chairperson of the party has the power to allocate symbols or if the party chairperson approves anyone else, he or she is allowed to allocate the symbol on behalf of the chairperson.
In the 2008 election, Khaleda Zia handed over the responsibility of symbol allocation to the then BNP acting secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain. But, since there are no party chairperson or vice chairman this time, BNP must select a leader before going to the polls. Otherwise, it will lose the right to allot the symbol and will lose the symbol. Sources said BNP would hold a meeting on Saturday to discuss this.
When contacted, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said, ‘Since Khaleda Zia is in jail and Tarique Zia outside the country, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul is running the party. He is the official leader of BNP and so, his signature will do. However, if the EC has something else in mind, it will create problems for BNP.’