Fakhrul meets BDB chief
In a fresh development in politics, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir last night met Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and sought his support for the ongoing anti-government movement.
In an hour-long meeting at Chowdhury’s Baridhara residence in the city, Fakhrul urged the BDB leader to come forward to build a greater unity against the Awami League-led government under the leadership of BNP chief Khaleda Zia.
City BNP Convener Sadeque Hossain Khoka, BDB Secretary General Abdul Mannan and spokesman Mahi B Chowdhury were also present at the meeting.
Later, Fakhrul told journalists, “Prof Chowdhury has agreed with BNP’s stance on the caretaker government issue. He has also expressed his solidarity with our hunger strike programme [today].”
Mahi said they want election under a non-party caretaker government, and that is why they support BNP’s programme today.
Meeting sources said both the BNP leaders regretted the way Prof Chowdhury was treated by some high-ups of their party when it was in power.
“You know what you have done with me. Yet, I believe a simultaneous movement can be launched to reinstate the caretaker government system,” Prof Chowdhury was quoted as saying at the meeting.
Fakhrul and Khoka later met Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office to inform her about the meeting outcome.
Meanwhile, party sources said BNP high-ups have also talked to Liberal Democratic Party chief Col (retd) Oli Ahmad, who was a founding member of the main opposition party. Oli assured them of sending a delegation to express solidarity with BNP’s programme. He is now abroad.
Former president Prof Chowdhury was a founding member of BNP.
He had to leave the party after his resignation from the presidency on June 21, 2002, following a decision taken by the BNP parliamentary party.
On May 8, 2004, he formed BDB.
Rakib Hasnet Suman-daily star