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Tarique plans to return home
Al Amin
Publish Date : 2014-09-06,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 100
The Senior Vice-Chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Tarique Rahman, who has been in self exile in London since 2008, now plans to return home soon, according to insiders of the party.
But discontent has deveopled among a section of leaders of BNP, who are said to be opportunists and privileged at various times in the party.
Such leaders are blamed for their dubious role and according to party insiders, Tarique Rahman feels that BNP's anti-government movement before the January 5 elections fell flat for their poor show in the streets. So, his presence may create problems for the 'opportunist' leaders, said sources.
"Tarique Rahman is coming back very soon to lead the ongoing anti-government movement for an inclusive national election under a non-partisan administration and participating in the election. So, those who betrayed with the party have now become nervous," a senior leader of the party told The Daily Observer.
Recently, senior party leaders, including its Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, said that Tarique Rahman was coming back to the country very soon.
Mirza Abbas, Standing Committee member and Convenor of Dhaka city unit of BNP, told The Daily Observer, "No one can stop Tarique Rahman from returning to the country."
Tarique Rahman, also the eldest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, is now facing 16 cases, including one for the August 21 grenade attack. Among the cases, 11 were stayed by the order of the High Court. He has already been acquitted of three cases and the rest two are under trial.
The party sources said, taking this into consideration, the BNP Chairperson has already given directives to his (Tarique) lawyers to look into the judicial matters.
Meanwhile, Khaleda has allotted a room on the second floor of the party's Gulshan Office for Tarique to avoid political discontent against him as it happened over the Hawa Bhaban, party sources said.
The local BNP of Bogra district unit will also arrange an office, especially for Tarique Rahman, as he wants to spend some time there and northern part of the country.
Tarique Rahman, son of BNP founder and late president Ziaur Rahman, was arrested on March 7, 2007 during the army-backed interim regime and freed from jail on bail on September 3, 2008.
He left for London for treatment eight days later. Since then he has been staying there.
Recently, Tarique Rahman has made himself a talk of the country's political arena by launching invectives at the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Awami League.
Awami League leaders blasted Tarique by saying that he was distorting the country's history and criticised the 48 -year-old BNP leader for his ignorance.
Defending himself against the allegations of distorting history, Tarique Rahman said at a discussion in London marking the party's 36th founding anniversary on September 3, "I am not creating new history, rather presenting facts."

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