Former BNP leader Nazmul Huda is not done with his political venture just yet.
Yesterday, he floated another political party named Trinomul BNP for what he said to “begin a new journey of BNP”.
“This new BNP will be led by elected grassroots leaders,” he told a press conference at a city hotel. He declared himself as the convener of the new party.
It is the fifth party launched by the former minister since he quit the BNP in June 2012.
He is still the chairman of Bangladesh Manabadhikar Party and also head of Bangladesh Nationalist Alliance, a platform of 30 political parties. None of them are registered with the Election Commission.
He founded Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) in August 2012 and Bangladesh National Alliance in May last year.
At the press briefing, he blasted the policies pursued by BNP chief Khaleda Zia and blamed her leadership for the party's “failure”.
A founding member of the BNP, Huda said the party became almost “inactive and eliminated” after staying away from the January 5 polls last year. “The party is now being run from London.”
Huda, who started his political career with Jagodal, founded by late president Ziaur Rahman in 1977, said there was no other option for the BNP but to change its leadership to make a “turn around”.
About Trinomul BNP's electoral symbol, he said the party would apply to the Election Commission for “Dhaner Chora” as its electoral symbol.
He said a 21-member national standing committee would lead the new party which would be a non-communal one. It will be run in the spirit of the Liberation War.
Asked whether his initiative was sponsored by the government, the former communications minister said he would receive assistance from the government if it offered any to strengthen his party.
Huda had formed his first political party, Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Front, in August 2012 and announced that the party would contest the next parliamentary election in all 300 seats.
He made the announcement after resigning from the BNP on June 6, 2012. On that day, he ruled out any possibility of floating a new political party. “The BNP is my first and last destination,” he said.
The BNP had expelled Huda from the party on November 21, 2012, for “breaching organisational discipline.”
Within two months of forming the BNF, its member-secretary Abul Kamal Azad sacked Huda from the party and became the party chief. Huda later formed Bangladesh National Alliance.
A total of 22 BNF candidates participated in the one-sided national election on January 5, with Azad winning from Dhaka-17 constituency uncontested.