Five BNP MPs have joined parliament early this month
Earlier Zahidur Rahman (Thakurgaon-3) took
But BBC Bangla and a Bengali daily also quoted Harunur Rashid, one of the
Immediately after taking oath speaking to parliament Harunur Rashid called upon the government to release the party chief Begum
Many believe there might be some understanding that Begum Zia may be released as part of a bargain for joining BNP MPs parliament. But Awami League leaders have publicly denied it so far and only next moves may clear the situation.
But two Gonoforum MPs Sultan Mohammad Mansur and Mokabbir Khan have also joined parliament defying the party decision and were expelled. In the changed
The fact is that the country’s political system is in total chaos at the moment when the government is using the absolute power to keep the opposition parties in total disarray and make them submissive to the whims of the ruling party. Democracy is not allowed to function; there is no legal or ethical ground for politics to claim
So despite strong party decision not to join parliament five BNP MPs have taken
But things took
Saving party unity becomes all the more important for BNP when government pressure was high on the party in one hand and what politics BNP has in store in the present volatile political landscape on the other makes a party decision highly critical.
Party leaders have always told party grass root that this parliament is not elected by people and it appeared difficult now to win their support to change the policy and join parliament. For some days BNP people all over were totally confused. The last decision stands like this: MPs were allowed to join parliament while party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
Reports said almost all senior party leaders were opposed to joining parliament but party acting chairman Tarique Rahman then intervened to bring the party out of the growing chaos. He listened
They argued that party politics is now hanging in
BNP insiders say Tarique was quite aware of the government design to destroy the major opposition party using the MPs elect to split out from
Tarique then sought
“We have come to parliament to take oath in line with the party decision, especially on instructions from Tarique Rahman,” Harunur Rashid, said justifying their joining. Replying to a query from the press, he said they did not join parliament to give it legitimacy.
There is no rule of law and good governance in the country. An anarchic situation is prevailing in the country at present. “We have come to parliament to speak the truth. The country is in crisis. This parliament has been formed through vote-rigging, he said reiterating the party stand following the December election. The government will have to fix it.”
Later Mirza Fakhrul said they opted to join parliament to speak about democracy and Khaleda Zia’s release.“Decisions may change in politics,” he said