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Thursday, September 17, 2015, Aswin 2, 1422 BS, Zilhaj 2, 1436 Hijr

Is BNP guardianless?
Al Amin
Published :Thursday, 17 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 57
Is Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at the moment guardianless, after Chairperson Khaleda Zia reached London yesterday for medical treatment? The question comes to the minds of many BNP leaders and insiders as the expected duration of Khaleda's stay in London is not precisely known.
Back home, BNP is having most of its senior leaders either in jail, facing charges of corruption and violence, or are on the run to escape arrest on similar charges.
However, a few senior BNP leaders and policy makers who are still in public sight said the BNP was still under the leadership of Khaleda Zia and they are in constant contact with her thanks to modern communication systems.
"We are in touch with her and can consult her anytime we need to as now it's too easy to stay tuned," BNP's International Affairs Secretary Dr. Asaduzzaman Ripon said on Wednesday.
In London, Khaleda's itinerary was not immediately known, except that she will celebrate Eid ul-Azha with her exiled elder son Tarique Rhman, his family and the widow and children of her younger son Arafat Rahman who died in Malaysia of cardiac arrest in February.
BNP sources said Arafat's family has already flown to London, where Tarique, BNP's senior Vice-Chairman, has been living in self-imposed exile for seven years to avoid legal proceedings back home.
Tarique met his mother - after a year's gap - at the Heathrow Airport in London and drove her to his home in a tearful and emotional reunion.
What else Khaleda Zia will do in London is not known, apparently kept deliberately secret, BNP insiders said. They gave no details.
BNP Standing Committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman told the Daily Observer, "According to our party constitution (there is) no need to nominate anyone to lead the party in absence of the party chairperson."
Everyone will work for the party from their respective position, he said, apparently trying to address concern among many in the BNP's rank and file.
Shamsuzzaman Dudu, an Adviser to the BNP Chairperson, said, "If anybody either from government or international arena wants to talk to our party, they must  wait until our party chief returns."
Other BNP sources said the Chairperson gave necessary instructions to the available senior leaders before departing from Dhaka and send further directives about party's organisational matter after talking with Tarique Rahman.
 Party leaders said Khaleda's London visit is primarily for 'better eye treatment alongside celebrating Eid-ul-Azha there with her family members.' She is expected to return home after the Eid.
The BNP chairperson's media wing staff Shairul Kabir Khan said that Khaleda Zia's adviser Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and BNP-backed mayoral candidate in the last Dhaka North City Corporation election Tabith Awal are accompanying her.
BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir left for Singapore for medical treatment days after he was released on bail in cases of violence on July 27 this year.
There from he has moved to the United States, accompanied by his wife Rahat Ara. He is also expected to meet Khaleda Zia in London.
BNP insiders said that BNP Standing Committee member Dr Abdul Moyen Khan, Vice Chairman Dr Osman Faruq and Sadek Hossain Khoka are also staying in USA for a long time. They and several other senior BNP leaders are also coming to London to meet Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman.
The other Standing Committee members RA Ghani, Jamir Uddin Sircar, MK Anwar, Sarwari Rahman, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Tariqul Islam and Mirza Abbas are in hiding.

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