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BNP plans Zubaidas entry into politics


Mohammad Al-Masum Molla (/author/mohammad-al-masummolla)

A good number of senior leaders of the party believe that Zubaida is capable of rejuvenating party activities through mass communication before the next general elections scheduled for early 2014

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The BNP is planning to bring Dr Zubaida Rahman, wife of the partys senior vicechairman Tarique Rahman, into politics to assist Khaleda Zia in the election campaign ahead. A good number of senior leaders of the party believe that Zubaida, now in London with her husband, is capable of rejuvenating party activities through mass communication before the next general elections scheduled for early 2014. A meeting of the BNP standing committee on April 10 discussed Zubaidas probable induction into politics. The meeting, however, did not make any decision on the issue. A senior leader raised the issue of bringing Dr Zubaida into active politics early. A few members of the committee supported the idea, too, a member of the committee told Dhaka Tribune, on the condition of anonymity. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia heard the proposal and the subsequent support "with a smile, but she concluded the meeting without making her own position on the matter clear, said another member on Saturday. She only asked the leaders to intensify the partys antigovernment movement. It is not clear if the move was a planned one, a BNP leader said. Zubaida is apparently an introvert, and her

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joining active politics largely depends on herself as well as on Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, the leader said. A number of party leaders said those, who made the move, came up with the Zubaidacard as rumour runs rife that the government might arrest Khaleda anytime. Several top leaders of the main opposition party, including acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, are now in jail on different charges. Tariques direct involvement in Bangladeshs politics is very difficult right now as he faces 14 corruption charges, a party leader said. Tarique was arrested during the armybacked caretaker government in 2007 and was forced to leave the country on September 11, 2008. Despite facing a corruption case filed by the AntiCorruption Commission, Zubaida has a good image among the partys rank and file, which the party wants to utilise in the politics of voting, several party leaders said. Daughter of former navy chief MA Khan, Zubaida came to the limelight in 2007 when the then government arrested Khaleda and her two sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko the latter also charged with corruption and money laundering in five cases. Koko has been in Bangkok on parole. Khaleda, who also faces five corruption cases, has since been alone in politics without any of her family members.

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Zia

14 hours ago

the idea is good, but she has to carry the bagage of his husband. If she tries to defend her husband in politics all the time, then she will sincerely lose popularity. Fact of life
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Gora Lorca

2 days ago

Sheikh Hasina's frightened remarks (yesterday), ...plans are going on to oust me out of politics. Source: UNB
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M Muntasirul Haq

2 days ago

Man when can our country get out from this "FAMILY BUSINESS"? That's what it is, isn't it? Two rival families fighting for their turf and the mango people becoming mango pulp! arrrggghhhhh....
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ABMS Doulah

2 days ago

Sounds interesting!
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Truth be told

2 days ago

what is the stance of Hefazat E Islam ( ) in this regard? Expecting a formal statement from a rep.
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