However, the opposition party and its 18-party alliance have decided to lend support to Hefazat’s April 8 hartal.
But BNP has decided not to join any other programme of the Quomi madrasa-based group in the future. “We will observe them from a distance and will lend out silent support,” a senior party leader told Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Two top party policy makers, who preferred not to be named, said that they were “expecting more” from the Islamist outfit so that they can build a strong anti-government movement based on that.
The announcement to postpone the April 10 rally came after party chief Khaleda Zia sat with standing committee members last night.
BNP leaders, who have cases against them, will move the High Court tomorrow seeking bail. If they are denied bail then the opposition party may announce further shutdowns, a party leader said.
The opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, also sat with her 18-party alliance partners last night to analyse the current political situation and set a course for the party’s future.
Two members of the BNP standing committee said that they were hoping that Hefazat would ask its activists to continue a sit-in programme in Dhaka as huge number of them have managed to come here. “This would have made things easier for us to intensify anti-government agitation and unseat Sheikh Hasina’s administration,” one leader said.
“We extended our support to the Hefazat’s programme to bring Hefazat into confidence and were hoping that it would go for tough programmes. But it did not happen. We are frustrated,” a stranding committee member said.
“This movement would not bring any good for us as Hefazat leaders remained silent about the [role of the] government,” he said.
Khaleda met with her party’s highest policy making body at her Gulshan office at around 9.30pm.
Party’s standing committee members Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, RA Gani, M Shamsul Islam, Mahbubur Rahman, MK Anwar, ASM Hannan Shah, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Goyeshawar Chandra Roy, Sarwari Rahman and party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir were present in the meeting.