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Despair among BNP senior leaders
Neo-politicians behind 'wrong' major decisions, they say
Publish Date : 2014-11-14,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 14
Al Amin
Senior leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) expressed dissatisfaction with former bureaucrats and professionals for misleading the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia into taking political decision several times by exerting their influence on her, party insiders said.
Some point their fingers at Vice Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Advisor to the BNP Chairperson Sabihuddin Ahmed, MA Kaiyum and some other officials at the Gulshan office, who, according to them, failed to play their role in the previous anti-government movement.
Most leaders alleged that these former civil and military bureaucrats misguided the BNP Chairperson in taking thoughtful political decision in crucial time before the January 5  parliamentary election.
They claimed that Khaleda Zia was first misled by the bureaucrats when Indian President Pranab Mukharzi came to Bangladesh and the Chairperson denied meeting him.
Khaleda Zia also took the decision to postpone the party's anti-government movement after January 5 this year as the bureaucrats assured the chairperson that the international community would force the government to arrange an inclusive election if the party withdrew its agitation, the aggrieved leaders  said.
Such dismay and despair were revealed during a series of meetings of the party chief with senior leaders at her Gulshan office in the capital. Khaleda Zia met her advisors, the party's vice chairmen and joint secretary generals and the members of standing committee on November 10, 11 and 13 respectively. 
Khaleda Zia also confessed that it was a big mistake for the party to postpone her party's agitation after the election. Recently, Tarique Rahman, Senior Vice Chairman of the party, warned the bureaucrats, too.
The senior leaders also suggested the BNP chairperson evaluate genuine politicians instead of the 'new ones' in taking vital decisions in the days to come. On the other hand, Khaleda Zia urged the senior leaders to play due role in the party from their respective position.    
The senior leaders also sought Chairperson's initiative to bring the party's dedicated leaders, including some policymakers who are now inactive and unhappy, in the mainstream.
"Members of a syndicate, including her assistants, press staffs, security advisers, foreign affairs advisers, former civil and military bureaucrats and some inexperienced leaders are always beside   her," an aggrieved senior leader told the Daily Observer.
These neo-politicians, he said, also do not take to street during movement and do not join party programmes but get top positions in the party.
The BNP chairperson is helpless to them as they know many secret matters of the party, he added.
BNP sources said Khaleda Zia always gets 'wrong and fabricated' information about the party grassroots, performances of different leaders, party condition, movement and the government from these bureaucrats.
"Some of them maintain close relations with the government and some intelligence agencies and disclosed them secret information of the party," another leader said.
"The party is suffering from serious internal conflicts in all units and front and associate organizations due to interference of the opportunist leaders of the party and some officials of BNP Chairperson. They influence her in selecting leadership and promote their own persons to gain personal interest," the leader added.

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