[Dhaka Correspondent] BNP secretary general, Khandaker Delwar Hossain, Saturday said “issue-based movements” with Awami League and other parties could be possible despite dissimilarity in ideology and principles.
“Despite having no similarities in policies and ideals, issue-based movements can be launched with any party, including the Awami League,” he told newsmen responding to AL acting president Zillur Rahman’s remarks.
He said he agreed with the views of Zillur Rahman, “What he (Zillur) said (about the movement) is correct.”
“Every party has its own manifesto. But united movements were launched in the past despite differences in policy,” he said at his Dhaka residence. “It was seen, since the British period, that the parties launched movements based on issues or national demands.”
Delwar, also former chief whip in parliament, remarked, “But it is not possible at this moment. It requires discussions with all prior to any movement. He said BNP would think of simultaneous or united movement considering the aspiration of the people when the ban on political activities will completely be lifted.
He gave the examples of the Awami League’s alliance with the Jatiya Party and Jamaat-e-Islami.
Zillur Rahman Friday said that a united movement is possible with BNP if there is similarity in principles and ideology between the two parties.
Replying to another question on Ganaforum president Dr. Kamal Hossain and LDP faction chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury’s recent calls for national unity, Delwar said, “People will decide how they would respect their call. Anybody can make a call for national unity in the name of democracy. What remains to be seen is how much people respond to that call.”
Delwar declined to comment on the list of 80 graft suspects published in newspapers Friday, “The government knows it better on the basis of what the list has been prepared.” He disowned BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser ASM Hannan Shah’s statement on the issue, “That is not a party statement.”
Asked about the comments on a united movement by Zillur Rahman and Khandaker Delwar Hossain, ZA Khan, an adviser to BNP chairperson and a follower of expelled BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, however, differed with them.
“No unity will be forged with anybody outside the ideals of the party,” Khan told reporters after a meeting with Bhuiyan at the later’s residence. “Unity can, however, be with those believing in the nationalist ideology. We won’t sacrifice our ideals. For the time being, we are not thinking about any united movement. It is not yet time for movement.”
Criticising Hannan Shah’s statement on the list of corruption suspects, Khan said, “There is nothing for him (Hannan Shah) to be excited about if the name of anyone from BNP is on the list.”