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The BNP will not go to the polls without a neutral government, the meeting decided

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BNP central leaders have voted not to go to the polls until the demands of a non-partisan neutral government are met. At the same time, they have stated their position to go for a one-point movement to overthrow the government and not to reach a compromise with the government ‘behind the scenes’ before the elections. They also suggested strengthening the party organizationally as part of preparations for the movement and uniting various political parties and class-professional organizations on the national issue of suffrage.
According to meeting sources, the BNP vice chairman and chairperson’s advisers gave their views on the first day of the party’s national executive committee meeting on Tuesday. They also voted to distance themselves from Jamaat-e-Islami. As well as the last election. Criticism of the formation of the National Unity Front led by Kamal Hossain and the leadership of the BNP. Jafrullah Chowdhury also condemned the statement.
The leaders said, as before, the ruling Awami League government will come up with various tricks and strategies to take the BNP to the polls. But there is no alternative to the movement to realize the demand. The party has to be taken to a one-point movement. Apart from this, various issues including party restructuring, release of chairperson, politics of the alliance, lawsuits against leaders and activists and other recent issues also came up in the meeting.
The party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman held a meeting with the vice-chairman and advisory council at the BNP chairperson’s political office in the capital’s Gulshan. Tareq Rahman sat in the closed-door meeting to seek his views on fixing political strategy ahead of the 12th parliamentary elections. The meeting lasted from 4 pm to 8:30 pm. The meeting was attended by 62 members of the party’s vice chairman and chairperson’s advisory council. 28 of them spoke. Tareq Rahman listens attentively to the senior leaders and reassures them.
On the second day of the meeting, senior joint secretary general, joint secretary general, organizational secretary, editor and joint secretary of the national executive committee and central leaders of the organ and allied organizations will participate on the last day. After these meetings, a meeting of the party’s executive committee will be called. It has also decided to hold meetings with various political parties and civil society in phases. The strategy of the movement will be finalized after everyone’s opinion.
According to sources, some leaders at the meeting said that the government would propagate the movement as a movement of religious extremists if it joins the movement with Jamaat-e-Islami due to the change of pot in Afghanistan. In the wake of the rise of the Taliban, the world’s most influential countries are now turning their attention to religious groups. In this situation, it is necessary to maintain the distance of BNP with Jamaat, they said. Some leaders have advised the party’s high command to take a quick decision in this regard. The leaders also suggested that senior leaders be given the responsibility to liaise with different parties to build greater national unity with the right-wing parties on the ground in demanding the right to vote.
After the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that Tarique Rahman had sought the views of senior leaders on the party’s role in overcoming the current political situation in the country. The meeting discussed the current political situation in the country and the organizational status of the party.
The secretary general said the meeting was convened to review the overall political situation in the country and seek the views of leaders on the party’s role in the movement to restore democracy. Details of the three-day meeting will be announced to the media after the meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.
According to sources, BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said at the meeting that right and left should talk to all opposition parties. The people of the country are election-crazy; But elections cannot be held under Awami League. He said there was no need for an alliance. Everyone will come with us if we can stand on the highway. It is better to make simultaneous movement. Before going to the polls under Sheikh Hasina, you have to win on the streets. There is no alternative to movement.
According to sources, Shawkat Mahmud said at the meeting that the movement is the only important agenda for us. One point, one demand is to take to the streets – I will not go to the polls under Sheikh Hasina. Khaleda Zia and Tareq Rahman will not participate in the election, why go to the election? First the government fell through the movement, then the election.
Another vice chairman said the Awami League executive meeting had been asked to prepare for the parliamentary elections. It is certainly suspicious. It can also be a hint of early election. Therefore, considering this aspect, the working method of BNP has to be fixed. Aman Ullah Aman, advisor to the chairperson, said that the Awami League would not give the seats given to them in the previous elections. So it would not be right to go to the polls under them.
According to sources, most of the leaders expressed their views in favor of forming an election-time government and a new election commission with neutral people and intensifying the movement demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia. It is learned that some of the party’s affiliates, especially Juba Dal, Swechchhasebak Dal and Chhatra Dal, have said that they will bring movement-oriented leadership.A vice chairman and two advisers addressed the meeting. They said the BNP should take a quick decision on Jamaat. Because, news about this is often published in the media. Due to this the BNP as a party is suffering.
An adviser to the BNP chairperson said, “Everything cannot be done properly.” When the movement starts, everything will be fine. After reorganizing the party, we have to start a movement – it doesn’t make any sense. Along with the movement, restructuring will also continue. I believe that people will also come to the streets with us when the field of movement is ready. So the BNP has to start the movement. Many are angry with the government’s actions. If we get off, others will get off the road from their respective positions. It is possible to bid farewell to this government only with the united movement of all.
Another leader said the next election should be held under a neutral government – this is their main goal. So are the expectations of most of the country’s political parties, civil society and even ordinary voters. Elections will not be fair under a party government – this is what everyone believes. The people are looking forward to elect the candidate of their choice through voting. As a democratic party, it is the responsibility of the BNP to fulfill the expectations of the people.
Barrister Shahjahan Omar Biruttam, Major (retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed Birbikram, Air Vice Marshal (retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Barkat Ullah Bulu, Mir Nasir Uddin, May. J. (Retd.) Mahmudul Hasan, Abdul Awal Mintu, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Joynal Abedin, Advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Shawkat Mahmud took part.
Among the advisors were Monirul Haque Chowdhury, Mashiur Rahman, Aman Ullah Aman, Mizanur Rahman Minu, Habibur Rahman Habib, Lutfar Rahman Khan Azad, Abdus Salam, Abul Khair Bhuiyan, Fazlur Rahman, Shahjahan Mia, Professor Sukomal Barua, Khandaker Mukuljir. Haque, Abdul Hai, VP Joynal Abedin, Golam Akbar Khandaker, Professor Shaheda Rafiq, Afroza Khanam Rita, Tahsina Rushdie Luna, Professor Tajmeri S Islam, Ismail Zabiullah, SM Ekramuzzaman, Taimur Alam Khandaker, Moinul Islam Shant, Mahbubur Rahman , Helaluzzaman Talukder Lalu, Abdul Hai Sikder, Ataur Rahman Dhali, Borhan Uddin, Professor Sirajul Islam, Professor Abdul Quddus, Nazmul Haque Nannu and others.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, a member of the Standing Committee. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku were also present.
Besides, Syed Emran Saleh Prince of BNP central office, Taiful Islam Tipu, Munir Hossain, Belal Ahmed and ABM Abdus Sattar and Riaz Uddin Nasu of the chairperson’s office were also present.
After the sixth council in March 2016, a 502-member executive committee was formed under the leadership of Khaleda Zia. It has 35 vice chairmen. The Chairperson’s Advisory Council has ৮2 members. Earlier, the last meeting of the National Executive Committee was held in February 2018; Before BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was imprisoned.

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