Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nazmul Huda expelled from BNP

BNP on Sunday expelled its vice-chairman Nazmul Huda from the party for his alleged involvement in anti organisational activities.
Nazmul Huda, a former communications minister, has also lost his primary membership of the party after the party chairperson approved his expulsion at the standing committee meeting in the evening. 

Nazmul Huda
Earlier on Saturday, Secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain said at a press briefing that the issue will be settled by the highest policy making body--national standing committee--which BNP chief Khaleda Zia has convened to sit urgently on Sunday evening.
"The party is thinking about Nazmul Huda. It will decide on him," Delwar said, without enlarging on the possible expulsion of the barrister-turned-politician.
A former communications minister who faced a raft of corruption charges during the interim government's tenure, Huda blamed Khaleda's counsels for her losing the Dhaka Cantonment residence and not seeking a stay on the High Court order regarding the house.
He also had said he thought that calling a general strike on Nov 14, protesting Khaleda's 'eviction', was a wrong decision. "It would have been better if that was called after Eid." The senior leader also suggested that his nemesis, Moudud Ahmed who was a deputy prime minister in the military strongman H M Ershad's cabinet, was trying to topple Khaleda as the chief of the largest party in the opposition.
"The chairperson has discussed the Huda issue with the standing committee members and senior leaders. They all agreed to take actions against him. But it will be finalised in the meeting," an influential leader of the party, on condition of anonymity, told bdnews.
The BNP leader who has a liking for stirring controversy had told bdnews after a press briefing at his residence in the capital's Dhanmondi on Friday evening, "The counsels should have appealed for a stay order on the High Court order when filing a leave to appeal."
Huda, who was appointed vice-chairman by the BNP chairperson on Mar 26, was referring to Khaleda's counsels seeking permission to challenge a High Court ruling that essentially ordered the party chief to vacate her house in Dhaka Cantonment.
He blamed the lack of foresight on the part of Khaleda's lawyers. "They were all waiting for the hearing on Nov 29. The government has seized that opportunity to do what it needed to."
Slating the hartal decision, the senior BNP leader said, "The sympathy that Khaleda Zia had earned faded partially due to the strike just ahead of Eid. The agitation that the government's cruelty had created grew fainter."
Regarding the tough anti-government movement that BNP leaders have hinted at, Huda said, "The demands will include resignation of the election commissioners and demarcation of the parliament constituencies."
He had claimed that in the last national polls, BNP had been defeated through an evil design that included vote rigging. "So we have to wage a movement towards the next election."
On Sep 7, Huda called Moudud, one of the main opposition's policymakers, 'opportunist' in a spat over the formation of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum's Supreme Court unit.
Referring to former law minister Moudud's chequered past, Huda said, "Moudud has been an opportunist and enjoyed the fruits of power during the tenure of different regimes." He called his party colleague a 'digbaaj', roughly meaning 'somersaulter' in Bengali, referring to Moudud's shifty political alliances.
-The Independent and daily star

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