It’s been a mystery even to the senior leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party when their chairperson will return home from London, as all earlier predictions in this regard proved wrong.
Asked about the party chief Khaleda Zia’s return home, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday told daily sun, “She may return home from London next week.”
Replying in the negative, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said he doesn’t know when the party chief will return home.
Echoing the same sentiment, Mahbubur Rahman, another BNP standing committee member, also expressed his ignorance about Khaleda’s return home from London.
“May be she will return from London in the middle of this month. We hope she will come soon as there are a number of issues now in the country, namely the Rohingya issue and organisational activities ahead of the next parliamentary polls,” he added.
Talking to daily sun, a number of BNP senior leaders couldn’t tell the exact or possible date of Khaleda’s return home from London.
According to BNP sources, Khaleda delays returning home from London, as she is now busy for her ‘medical treatment’ and she needs ‘more time’ to take decision on important political and organisational issues.
She went to the UK on July 15 for medical treatment as well as unofficial meetings with the party’s second-in-command, her elder son Tarique Rahman, who has been staying in London for long.
Earlier on September 5, Mirza Fakhrul said, “Khaleda Zia is now receiving treatment. We hope her treatment will be completed by next week and then she will return home.” But the BNP chief missed the deadline for returning home.
Although BNP has already faced a number of important issues such as flood, the apex court verdict on the 16th amendment to the constitution, Rohingya crisis and her party’s organisational crises, its chief did not return home to face the situation.
Talking to daily sun on Saturday, BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said last month, “Madam (Khaleda Zia) has two more appointments with physicians at the end of this month for her treatment. She may return home in the first week of October.”
BNP insiders said Khaleda Zia may delay returning home from London as she is now busy finalising party’s organisational and political strategies and strengthening international relationship with different influential countries ahead of the next general election.
Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said Khaleda Zia will place her party’s formula on election time supportive government after returning home from London.
BNP sources said Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may visit Bangladesh next month and Khaleda is likely to return home before her visit as this time Sushma may meet the former prime minister.
“If the BNP chairperson doesn’t return home ahead of the visit of Sushma Swaraj, she may delay returning home. In the situation, she may return home after December,” said a BNP top leader wishing anonymity.
Leaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League alleged that the BNP chairperson was hatching 'conspiracy' staying in London.
After Khaleda's arrival, she will place formula on a poll-time supportive government and the party has also planned to take to the street to realise the demand for the election under a supportive government, BNP sources said.
Earlier on September 16, 2015, Khaleda went to London for her eye treatment and celebrated Eid-ul-Azha there with her family members. Though it was a two-week tour, she returned home on November 21 that year - over two months later- triggering various speculations.