The acting BNP Chairman Tarique Rahman, who is now living in London, spends most of the time with family and interacting with party people.
The news of his mother Khaleda Zia's conviction and imprisonment has made him upset.
On Thursday, a Dhaka's special court sentenced BNP chief Khaleda Zia to five years in jail and her son Tarique and four others 10 years' imprisonment each in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
A close aide to Tarique, wishing unnamed, said: “His younger brother [Arafat Rahman Coco] is dead and mother is in prison. At this moment he finds it difficult to plan strategies on how to lead the party from London as the party's acting chairman.”
Tarique went to London in 2008 after securing bail in a number of corruption cases during the 1/11 changeover. He along with his wife and daughter had been living in a rented house in Kingston area of London. Two months ago, they moved to a bigger house in the same area.
The family of his younger brother also moved to London from Malaysia after Coco's death and lived in a separate house in Kingston.
Tarique used to meet with leaders and activists of the BNP's London unit at the lobby of Kignston Lodge Hotel but these days, he was not seen there.
Over the last few years, Tarique had held diplomatic meetings in an attempt to explain the party's position in Europe and the Middle East, according to some sources. He also appointed four advisers in 2014. But all these initiatives failed to yield any result.
Many of his close associates in London declined to comment on how Tarique Rahman was doing as the acting chairman.
“Tarique Rahman is doing well. He attended the Jumma prayers at Kingston mosque on Friday,” Sharifuzzaman Chowdhury Tapan, chairman of Shahid Zia Smriti Kendra and Library and former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader, said.
The article was first published on banglatribune.com