Jobaida set to get BNP ‘policymaking post’
BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman’s wife Dr Jobaida Rahman is going to get a post in the party’s policymaking body, standing committee, party sources said. Jobaida, now in London, is also likely to contest the next general elections from a Bogra constituency if the BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) ultimately comes to the polls, they said. She will be inducted in one of the four vacant posts of the BNP National Standing Committee lying vacant, as two members have died and two posts were not filled up when the committee was declared, the sources added.
In 2016, the BNP declared a 19-member national standing committee, with two posts remaining vacant. Of the 19 members, two—Gen
ASM Hannan Shah (Rtd) and MK Anwar—have since died.
The BNP, meanwhile, has finalised the names of candidates for 150 constituencies for the next general election, although the party says that it would not take part in the election under the present government, the sources said.
They said the party is preparing a list of candidates under direct instructions of Tarique Rahman, who is in London for treatment purposes.
The BNP has finalised the name of Dr Jobaida Rahman to contest the next general election from Bogra-4 (Kahalu-Nandigram) constituency and Sylhet, party sources said.
Besides, Khaleda Zia will contest from Bogra-6 and Feni in the next general election, the sources said.
Tarique Rahman will contest from Bogra’s Gabtali constituency, and if any problem arises, Khaleda Zia will contest from there too.
Mirza Abbas will contest from Dhaka-9, Habib-un Nabi Khan Sohel from Dhaka-8 and Salah Uddin from Cox’s Bazar-17 constituencies, the sources added.
Selection of candidates is a continuous process and the party high command is seized of the matter, some BNP leaders told The Independent yesterday (Monday).
They also said that they are now discussing both the fate of the on-going trial of Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, as well as the selection of party candidates for the next general election.
The BNP leaders also said they are not rigid in their stand on participating in the election under the present government.
“Our election preparation is good. Selection of candidates is a continuous process. I am not aware about the finalisation of 150 party candidates— it is created by the media,” Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, standing committee member of the BNP, told this correspondent.
The names of candidates will be announced at the proper time, he added.
“It is not fully true that the BNP will not take part under the present government. The matter is still under discussion. Our party chief will announce the framework for a poll-time government or supportive government,” Lt Gen Mahbubur Rahman, another BNP standing committee member, told this correspondent.
The people do not want one-way elections like the one held on January 5, 2014. Rather, they want a free, fair and credible election, he said.
“I don’t know any details about finalisation of candidates, but party leaders are discussing selection of candidates,” he added.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, said party leaders are now discussing the ongoing trial of the party chairperson and Tarique Rahman.
“A certain quarter is spreading rumours about the selection of candidates to ruin the ongoing movement. The government wants to hold elections by giving some concessions,” the BNP leader said in reply to a query.
It is the government’s strategy to spread rumours about the finalisation of BNP candidates, he added.
“The BNP chairperson will visit some divisional headquarters before declaring the names of candidates for the general election. It is also necessary to select the names of candidates, and it is under discussion at the party level,” Dudu said in reply to a query.