BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's younger brother Ahmed Kamal has announced that he would form a new political party soon.
Kamal, who wanted to float a new party during HM Ershad's regime but failed, came up with the disclosure while addressing a discussion on Zia's ideology and restoring endangered democracy at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday.
“I cannot control myself seeing the shaky condition of the BNP. Sometimes it hurts me when I see that there is no similarity between Ziaur Rahman's ideology and the current activities of the BNP,” said Kamal.
Unmarried and detached from the Zia family for a long time, Kamal claimed that the BNP leadership and its Chairperson Khaleda Zia had been misguided by vested interests and the anti-liberation forces.
“They want to keep the BNP chairperson in dark by giving her false and wrong information. Due to this quarters, from senior leaders to the grassroots leaders are paying huge pay,” he said.
Kamal, who retried from service as a director of Bangladesh Tourism Corporation in 2006, said there should not be any controversy over the number of martyrs in the Liberation War of Bangladesh while Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman should be kept above all sorts of controversies. “Everyone should shun the path of mudslinging and dirty politics.”
He claimed that hundreds of BNP leaders were on the run and passing a dreadful life.
“We have to stand beside these dedicated leaders and bring them to the right path. I will be with you to implement my brother's ideology and strengthen the party. I do not want to do politics for power. I want to serve the BNP in its crisis times.”
Kamal also criticised the incumbent government alleging that there was no democracy in the country, though the Awami League always talks about democracy.
BNP leader Ashraf Hossain, former editor of the daily Dinkal Kazi Siraj and former leader of Bikalpadhara Bangladesh Sheikh Shahidul Islam also addressed the programme, among others.
Asked when the party would be launched, Kamal said: “I will let you know when I am ready to float the party.”