BNP's split a matter of time | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 13, 2018

BNP's split a matter of time

Say two AL ministers

Splitting BNP is now a matter of time, said two ministers yesterday four days after its Chairperson Khaleda Zia had been convicted in a graft case.

They made the remarks as the party leaders, after the conviction, speculate that the government may try to split BNP and the 20-party led by BNP.

Before landing in jail, Khaleda several times focused on unity in her party and the alliance at any cost ahead of the next general elections.

Meanwhile, the BNP recently amended its charter by dropping its Article 7 that barred a convicted person from staying in a party committee.

Khaleda's son Tarique Rahman, who was also convicted in the case and now in London, was made BNP acting chairman in her absence.

Later, Awami League leaders started criticising BNP for making a “corrupt” person as its chief.

The ministers said such an amendment has given corrupt people a scope to run the party.

Roads, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said, “BNP has annulled its constitution overnight to protect the corrupt and convicted. BNP leaders themselves are enough to split the party. None needs to conspire to do so.”

The minister, also AL general secretary, was addressing a programme in Cox's Bazar.

Meanwhile, he claimed Tarique was involved in Wednesday's attack on Bangladesh High Commission office in London.

The government took legal steps against those involved in the attack and is trying to bring them back home.

The government already informed the Interpol of the incident.

At another programme in Dhaka, Food Minister Qamrul Islam said the process of splitting BNP started when it amended its constitution and made Tarique as its acting chairman.

He said BNP leaders started talking against party decision of making Tarique as its acting chairman.

Qamrul said the government has no intention to split BNP.

“Let's see how much time it takes to split BNP. It is obvious that conscious leaders can't stay with an absconding accused,” he said.

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