'BNP’s previous decision not to join parliament has been changed with a goal in mind'
Social media is being used to sow political confusion, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said.
Fakhrul made the statement at a program organized by National Research Center (NRC) in celebration of completion of three decades and of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her sacrifices, held at the National Press Club on Friday.
Addressing BNP leaders and activists, he said the party's previous decision not to join parliament has been changed with a goal in mind. “We cannot lose hope until we have achieved our goals,” he added.
“During the anti-Ershad movement, the coalition BNP made—joining with Awami League and other parties—was a necessity for the time. Despite being a supporter of the presidential form of government, Begum Khaleda Zia agreed to Awami League’s parliamentary form of government only to ensure the fall of the Ershad-led government,” he said.
A photo exhibition on Khaleda Zia’s long political life, achievements, and sacrifices has been installed as a part of the event.
BNP Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said: “We need to strengthen our communication with our alliance partners right now, because we all are facing the same crisis. We have only one way left… ‘work together to make it together’.
The panel’s special guest and former Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof Emajuddin Ahmed said: “BNP shouldn't take decision alone. They have to hold discussions with alliance partners and party leaders.”
“The delay in BNP’s decision to go to the parliament led to criticism from the 20-party alliance and other parties. But this decision is a new way for the movement to progress, I think,” he said.
NRC Director Babul Talukder arranged the photo exhibition, with over 100 photos of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her political sacrifices.