BNP wants to leave both the 20-party alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front. In the policy making meeting of BNP`s executive committee, it was discussed about leaving both coalitions in an emergency basis. Although a section of BNP, including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, was in favor of staying with Jatiya Oikya Front leaving the 20-party alliance, especially Jamaat. But Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and other leaders took a stand to exclude the 20-party alliance. They said, there is no need for any alliance if BNP is not in the 20-party alliance. In this case, they announced the withdrawal from Jatiya Oikya Front.
Gayeshwar Chandra Roy also said in the unscheduled meeting of BNP`s Standing Committee held last night (Wednesday) that like the 20-party alliance, the existence of Jatiya Oikya Front is also meaningless. BNP is gradually losing its popularity. Mirza Abbas and other leaders supported Gayeshwar Chandra Roy`s statement. In this context, the members of BNP`s Standing Committee sought advice from London and are being asked to focus on organizational reconciliation as a compromise formula.
The decision has been taken not to involve in any coalition until BNP is not reformed.
Mriza Fakhrul requested Dr Kamal Hossain over phone to discuss this issue. In this context Dr Kamal called an emergency meeting of Jatiya Oikya Front tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.
Many BNP leaders said, Jatiya Oikya Front was formed mainly focusing the election. As the election is over and there is no visual possibility of election-centric movement, therefore, there is no longer any need for Jatiya Oikya Front.
However, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir still thinks that since many cases have been filed in the election tribunal against the results of 11th parliamentary election, and the lawyers managing these cases are Dr Kamal Hossain and other Gano Forum and Jatiya Oikya Front`s lawyers, the existance of Jatiya Oikya Front is very important. The second reason of Fakhrul`s support to Oikya Front is, according to him BNP needs Jatiya Oikya Front to create its acceptance in the international arena. Because neither BNP or the 20-party alliance leader has the acceptance in international arena except Dr Kamal. In this context, he wanted Jatiya Oikya Front to remain intact.
But in addition to the standing committee, the grassroots also have strong objection over Jatiya Oikya Front. They think that this coalition is damaging BNP. There is international pressure on BNP to get out of the 20-party alliance. No diplomats are now talking in favor of BNP until they officially leave the association of Jamaat. In such a situation, BNP will follow the policy of moving alone.
BNP has adopted three action plans in this isolation policy. One is to increase organizational strength, secondly to reorganize organizational leadership and to fill up as many possible leaderships in the vacant posts as possibl, and thirdly to start the movement based on public related issues. BNP is going solo for the next few days. Through continuous movement, they want to find their supportive parties who will support them simultaneously in the movement and be with them in uniform programs.
One top leader of BNP said that BNP would not be in any alliance for now, rather the party would focus on emerging as a single powerful entity.
Bangla Insider/ SM