BNP leaders divided over process of Khaleda release

Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Update:

Khaleda ZiaThe leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are divided in opinion over finding a way for party chairperson Khaleda Zia's release.

A section of BNP leaders is in favour of making an understanding with the government while there are others who stand against the move.

Sources in BNP said its policymakers do not think it is possible to free Khaleda, a former prime minister, through a movement given the party’s present state. But some of the BNP’s top leaders want her to be treated abroad, even if it requires any understanding with the government or parole (executive order).

Some leaders, however, think releasing Khaleda through the government’s favour is disgraceful to their leader.

They said it will hamper the goodwill of the party as well.

Asked about the matter, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy told Prothom Alo that liberating a leader like Khaleda Zia through parole is shameful.

She has the right to attain a regular bail as there are a lot of instances of this kind, he added.

There is rumour that Khaleda will be released through parole in exchange of BNP’s return to parliament.

However, according to the constitution, the members of the parliament are supposed to take oath within 90 days of the poll results. Otherwise, their membership will be cancelled. The deadline is 30 April.

But, BNP leaders have refuted the rumour.

More than one high-ups seeking anonymity told Prothom Alo that they have learnt from senior leaders of the party that they are interested to release Khaleda even if it requires any understanding with the government.

Khaleda Zia is still not interested in getting release either through parole or through any understanding with the government.

A BNP leader, requesting not to be named, said, “When the parole issue was raised, Madam (Khaleda) said there is no politics after losing honour. I didn’t do any wrong.”

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also rejected the parole issue after meeting Khaleda Zia.

More than one sources in the party said the senior leaders of the BNP were united till 30 December, but their morale have not been high of late.

Some of the leaders think the party's policymakers failed to lead the party in proper direction during the polls.

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