Delwar gets Khaleda blessing
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has sided with her Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain in his feud with Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah over handling the affairs of the party, according to BNP leaders.
She also sent a message to Hannan, an adviser to her, through her lawyer, asking him to cooperate with Delwar in running the party, they said.
When Khaleda was turned in to a trial court a couple of days ago, Delwar complained to her about what Hannan had told at a discussion meeting in the capital, according to the BNP leaders.
Hannan had said many BNP leaders came into the limelight utilising the bad times of the party, but only he and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy had maintained contact with the former prime minister until her arrest.
All the other leaders were silent at the time, he said.
"There are many sycophants in the party who are using the name of the secretary general…those very people used the name of Tarique Rahman and that of Hawa Bhaban in a bid to disgrace him," Hannan said the meeting.
Delwar and Hannan supporters are also at odds over the formation of the Dhaka City unit BNP committee, with some leaders wanting Hannan to head the new committee, while his rivals are rooting for joint secretary general Nazrul Islam Khan, insiders said.
The previous committee, headed by Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, was dissolved June 4.
Delwar also looked for Khaleda's decision about forming the new committee. She, however, did not give her opinion in this regard.
Hannan has recently also disapproved of Delwar's call for inter-party unity, saying what the secretary general said was his personal view as no such decision was taken at the party forum.
Delwar Thursday called on all political parties, especially the Awami League, to go for a united movement against the government in order to "salvage the country from the current deep crises."
As the row between Delwar and Hannan continues to grow, at least 86 former lawmakers in a joint statement Saturday threw their full weight behind Delwar, expressing "indignation at remarks by certain senior leaders against him."
Hinting at Hannan, the former lawmakers said indecorous remarks and insinuation are being made against Delwar at a time when leaders and workers of all tiers of the party are working with him on party Chairperson Khaleda Zia's instructions.