Which way is the BNP heading?

Published at : 06 July 2024, 02:00 pm
Which way is the BNP heading?

It has been nearly 17 years since the BNP, the main opposition party, has been out of power. However, the direction of the party's politics remains uncertain after numerous failures. Instead, random circumstances are used to decide and carry out BNP's plan. There was not a review or review meeting held in response to the four consecutive failed elections.

The BNP is currently experiencing dissatisfaction as a result of the central committee's reorganization and the dissolution of other committees at different levels. Most of the senior leaders of the party are unhappy about this matter.

Consequently, the question has emerged as to which direction BNP moves. Will the team adopt a new fervor or approach, or will it carry on in the same manner as it has over the past 1.5 years?

On the other hand, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir believes that the government is scared because the BNP is headed in the correct direction. That is why they have to conduct elections at night and dummy elections.

"The politics and tactics of the BNP are very timely," he told the Khaborer Kagoj on July 3. "All must remember that BNP is doing politics against a fascist monster government, which survives through murders, prosecutions, attacks, and arrests."

"BNP is moving in the right direction despite its mistakes, and because it is moving in the right direction, the government has to be busy with BNP all day long," said political analyst Professor Dr. Mahbub Ullah.

The editor of Citizen for Good Governance (SUJAN), Badiul Alam Majumder, states that "I don't understand the direction of BNP." I'm not really sure what they have planned; perhaps it's something we can't see. Nonetheless, BNP will undoubtedly succeed if the causes of its decline are identified and a plan is developed."

Author and scholar Mohiuddin Ahmad claims that "nobody cares about the goals or objectives of BNP anymore. Many are curious about the duration of this administration. Just BNP practitioners are concerned."

There is criticism from inside and outside BNP that the Awami League has come to power for the fourth time in a row through 'questionable' elections. BNP is directly calling the current government a 'dictatorial or despotic' government. However, the question is whether the party itself is going in the right direction or not. It is being said that the BNP is fighting for democracy, but there is no democratic practice within the party.

In addition, there are concerns both within and outside the BNP over the Awami League's ability to advance through the development of appropriate or modern methods, as well as the reasons behind its ability to hold onto power.

Many claim that the BNP hasn't been able to change the direction of its politics in the last 17 years. The party alternates between interacting closely with Islamist organizations like Jamaat and keeping a safe distance. Consequently, the BNP's rapport with the nation's progressives and leftists never developed. In a similar vein, the BNP has also drawn mistrust from right-wing parties.

According to Professor Mahbub Ullah, opposing a fascist government is not an easy task. The objective of the battle is to combine as many forces as you can against the principal adversary. It may appear in this context that the BNP aligns itself with the left and the right at different periods.

Badiul Alam Majumdar said that although the BNP talks about liberalism in politics, it is unclear exactly what they believe. The BNP of today does not enjoy the same level of success with liberalism as did Ziaur Rahman.

Nonetheless, author and scholar Mohiuddin Ahmed claims that the BNP believes their political stance is correct. According to him, the Awami League and BNP have altered their ties to Jamaat. There was no Jamaat ban by the Awami League. However, why not? The League is not against Jamaat because of the ban. The Awami League wants to split the BNP and Jamaat apart.

Professor Mahbub Ullah thinks the BNP has a future if Ziaur Rahman's foreign policy is successful in preserving the nation's independence and sovereignty and establishing its national position. At the moment, BNP is probably doing that.

"There is some ambiguity about the position of the BNP in international politics," states Badiul Alam Majumdar. They speak out against India at times and for it at others."

Author Mohiuddin Ahmad claims that the BNP occasionally has conflicting ideas about how to win over voters. India is now perceived by the BNP as being complicit in this country's regime change. Thus, they must also alter their approach if they wish to gain influence."

BNP Acting Chairman Tarek Rahman won a lot of accolades for leading the party under joint leadership when he took over as chairman. Currently, however, he is the only person in charge of the BNP. Furthermore, people that were reportedly close to Tarek are now joining the team again and developing into "

BNP Acting Chairman Tarek Rahman won a lot of accolades for leading the party under joint leadership when he took over as chairman. Currently, however, he is the only person in charge of the BNP. Not only that, but those who were close to Tarek are now making a comeback and growing in importance inside the squad. They are allegedly disrespecting top officials. Within the party, there are rumors that senior officials are frequently treated with disdain during their activities. However, the contentious leaders of this faction of the party are to blame for the One-Eleven predicament; the BNP has been debating this issue for a century and a half. That is the reason those leaders left the party after one-eleven while Khaleda Zia was in charge. Afraid of public backlash, some even disappeared. A lot of them are still overseas.

There is discussion; many elders became enraged and put their names on the list of "reformers" due to these relatively young leaders. The incident's source claims that a division inside the BNP was established. The contentious youthful leaders are back in the spotlight to try and influence the party after a 17-year hiatus. A few Nayapaltan leaders have teamed up with them. Recently, a few committees at various levels have been abolished and restructured, thanks to the influence and counsel of those officials. It is still necessary to organize a few committees. The context has been created due to the creation of new divisions within the party. It has been noted that these leaders place greater importance on holding party positions, gaining influence, and establishing authority within the party than they do on the anti-government campaign. Because of this, a sizable portion of the party feels encircled and incensed, and they stop believing in the current leadership.

Many claim that when a different circumstance emerges, such as the one that occurred during the January 7 election, it is not unusual for those leaders to stand up against the party. Before then, though, political analysts believed that this consequence of party dissatisfaction might eventually become part of the anti-government movement. But before the most recent election, the relationship between the BNP and the party held firm despite numerous demands and temptations, and no influential individual would be brought to the election. It is believed to be a show of confidence in the party's top leadership.

According to Professor Mahbub Ullah, "The King's Party, which was founded after one-eleven, lost because of this type of infatuation in politics, where individuals join the party when military personnel arrive and form a party. Many have attempted and failed in spite of this, including Nazmul Huda. The BNP was unbreakable due to the knowledge that opportunistic politics is ultimately counterproductive."

In a post-One-Eleven scenario, the Khaleda Zia-led BNP had its first catastrophe. Many top and intermediate BNP leaders, including Chairperson Khaleda Zia, were detained when the anti-corruption effort got underway at that time. Even during the 2008 elections, the party was unable to overcome the catastrophe, despite numerous dramas and incidents. The BNP only received 30 seats in that election, while the Awami League received 230.

Subsequently, there was a discourse both within and without the BNP regarding the issues that the party was facing during its rule following the 2001 elections. However, the party's efforts to rectify that "mistake" in the 2014 election failed to yield any fruit. since the BNP abstained from that election. Many claim that the BNP was ignorant of the ins and outs of international affairs at the time, particularly as it related to India's connections.

In a similar vein, the party did not achieve the intended outcomes despite running in the 2018 elections and abstaining from the January 7, 2024, polls. However, the global equation, the movement's tactic, and its achievements and shortcomings have been deliberated about during each election. The most talked-about diplomatic setback concerned the relationship with India and the matter of not "concessioning" to the nation. Prior to the most recent election, BNP started to feel enthusiastic about the US's participation, but there was no outcome. The party's anti-India attitude was partially clarified after the elections, but there is still dispute within it. However, a discussion about it hasn't established the party's correct stance. What is the reason behind the BNP's three straight electoral failures? Specifically, why did October 28th fail, and why were there no more rally meetings allowed following that day's incident? No formal meeting has been convened so far, despite numerous conversations inside the party regarding the strategy's suitability. But it is anticipated that the revelation of certain committees prior to that may exacerbate the party's internal problems.

"A review ought to be conducted following the election. They did not, nonetheless, go over how to comprehend it! The standing committee is convening in succession. There is undoubtedly discourse about successes and failures. Young leadership must be included in the BNP," said Professor Mahbub Ullah, who stated that the BNP has to include young leadership.

Mohiuddin Ahmad, though, believes that the committee switch is a pointless occurrence. Tarek Rahman leads the BNP, and Sheikh Hasina leads the Awami League. Nowadays, families and sole proprietorships own the majority of political parties in Bangladesh. "Why discuss?" he asked, posing the question. "The constitution grants Tariq Rahman the authority to create committees."


*This report by Enam Abedin, Deputy Editor of Khaborer Kagoj, originally published in the Khaborer Kagoj print and online edition, has been rewritten in English by Farizaa Sabreen*