Bangladesh Nationalist Party

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party
বাংলাদেশ জাতীয়তাবাদী দল
Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia
Secretary-General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
Senior Vice-President Tarique Rahman
Founder Ziaur Rahman
Founded September 1, 1978
Headquarters 28/1 Naya Paltan, Dhaka
Student wing Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal
Ideology Bangladeshi nationalism
Economic liberalism
National affiliation 18 Party Alliance
Colors Green
Seats in the Jatiyo Sangshad
Election symbol
Dhaner Shish, BNP party symbol
Website
bnpbd.org

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয়তাবাদী দল, transliterated: Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Dôl), often abbreviated as BNP, is one of the two major contemporary political parties of Bangladesh. It was founded on September 1, 1978 by former Bangladeshi first President Ziaur Rahman after the Presidential election of 1978 with a view to uniting the people with nationalist ideology of the country. Since then, the BNP won the second, fifth, sixth and eighth national elections and two Presidential elections in 1978 and 1981. The party also holds the record of being the largest opposition in the history of parliamentary elections of the country, with 116 seats in the seventh national election of 1996.[1] It does not currently have representation in parliament after its boycott of the national election of 2014 .[2]

Ideology[edit]

The party floated the ideology of Bangladeshi Nationalism as its core concept and adopted a 19 point program which declared that "The sovereignty and independence of Bangladesh, golden fruits of the historic liberation struggle, is our sacred trust and inviolable right". The founding manifesto of the BNP claims that the people of Bangladesh want to "..see that all-out faith and confidence in the Almighty Allah, Democracy, Nationalism, and Socialism of social and economic justice are reflected in all spheres of national life". The party is often criticised for violent and consistent oppression of minorities, Hindus, Christians and Buddhists.

BNP was the pioneer force in manpower export that enabled remittance inflow[3][4]

BNP and its student wing was the driving force in the 1990 uprising against the autocratic Ershad rule that culminated in the fall of the regime and the restoration of democracy in Bangladesh.[5] Begum Khaleda Zia, who served as the party's chairperson from 1983, was elected as the first woman prime minister of Bangladesh, the second in any Muslim country of the world, in 1991.

Begum Khaleda Zia is the Chairperson of the party, with Tarique Rahman as the Senior Vice-Chairman and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir as the Secretary-General.

Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal and Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal are its students' wing and labour wing respectively. The BNP has nine other affiliated organizations.[6]

History[edit]

Founder of the party President Ziaur Rahman

JAGODAL[edit]

On February 22, 1978, a new party, Jatiyatabadi Ganatantrik Dal (JAGODAL), was formed with Justice Abdus Sattar as the coordinator. Most of the prominent figures were from the advisory council that was running the country at that time. Jagadal was the first attempt to create a platform for the nationalists of the country. Professor Syed Ali Ahsan, Shamsul Alam Chowdhury, A.Z.M. Enayetullah Khan, Moudud Ahmed, Jakaria Chowdhury, Professor Dr. M. R. Khan, and Saifur Rahman were prominent figures.[7] JAGODAL was dissolved on August 28, 1978 in order to consolidate its membership under the newly formed Jatiyatabadi Front.

Jatiyatabadi Front[edit]

On May 1, 1978 the Jatiyatabadi Front or Nationalist Front was formed with Ziaur Rahman as the chief of the front, which JAGODAL joined soon after its formation. A major portion of NAP (Bhashani) joined the front as well with Mashiur Rahman. Shah Azizur Rahman with some of his colleagues from Muslim League. Kazi Zafar Ahmed and a faction of United Peoples Party, Maolana Matin with his Labour Party, and minority leader Rashraj Mandal with Tafsili Jati Federation also joined.

Ziaur Rahman was their candidate for the Presidential Election of June 3, 1978. Ziaur Rahman won the election, defeating M. A. G. Osmani of Ganatantrik Oikya Jote (United Democratic Alliance) which was backed by the Bangladesh Awami League.[8]

Formation of BNP[edit]

After the Presidential election of 1978 the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was established on September 1.[9]

The constitution of the party was drafted in 21 days of the formation with 76 members with Ziaur Rahman as the chief convener.

Founding convening committee

  • Ziaur Rahman
  • Justice Abdus Sattar
  • Mashiur Rahman
  • Mohammad Mohammadullah
  • Shah Azizur Rahman
  • Captain (retd) Abdul Halim Chowdhury
  • Rashraj Mandal
  • Abdul Momen Khan
  • Jamal Uddin Ahmed
  • Dr. A. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury
  • Mirza Ghulam Hafiz
  • Captain (retd) Nurul Huq
  • Mohammad Saifur Rahman
  • K. M. Obaidur Rahman
  • Moudud Ahmed
  • Shamsul Huda Chowdhury
  • A.Z.M. Enayetullah Khan
  • S. A. Bari
  • Dr. Amina Rahman
  • Abdur Rahman
  • Dr. M. A. Matin
  • Abdul Alim
  • Barrister Abul Hasnat
  • Anwar Hossain Manju
  • Nur Mohammad Khan
  • Abdul Karim
  • Shamsul Bari
  • Mojibur Rahman
  • Dr. Faridul Huda
  • Sheikh Ali Ashraf
  • Abdul Rahman Bishwas
  • Barrister Abdul Huq
  • Imran Ali Sarker
  • Dewan Sirajul Huq
  • Emdadur Rahman
  • Advocate Afsar Uddin
  • Kabir Chowdhury
  • Dr. M. R. Khan
  • Captain (retd) Sujat Ali
  • Tushar Kanti Baroi
  • Sunil Gupta
  • Rezaul Bari Dina
  • Anisur Rahman
  • Abul Kashem
  • Mansur Ali Sarker
  • Abdul Hamid Chowdhury
  • Mansur Ali
  • Julmat Ali Khan
  • Nazmul Huda
  • Mahbub Ahmed
  • Abu Said Khan
  • Mohammad Ismail
  • Sirajul Huq Mantu
  • Shah Badrul Huq
  • Abdur Rauf
  • Morsheduzzaman
  • Jahir Uddin Khan
  • Sultan Ahmed Chowdhury
  • Toriqul Islam
  • Anwarul H Khan Chowdhury
  • Moin Uddin Khan
  • M. A. Sattar
  • Haji Jalal
  • Ahmed Ali Mandal
  • Shahed Ali
  • Abdul Wadud
  • Shah Abdul Halim
  • Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar
  • Atauddin Khan
  • Abdur Razzaq Chowdhury
  • Ahmed Ali

The BNP formed its first government after the Bangladeshi general election, 1979. The first session of the parliament was April 2, 1979. It elected Shah Azizur Rahman as Prime Minister and leader of the parliament. Mirza Ghulam Hafiz was elected as the speaker of the parliament. Asaduzzaman Khan from the Awami League became the leader of the opposition.

During this time it attracted a large pool of supporters and activists who joined the newly formed students wing and youth wing. After the formation of the government, the first executive committee of the party was declared. A national standing committee was formed as the highest decision making forum of the party with 12 members.[10]

Founding National Standing Committee

A youth wing was formed in September 1978 which was named Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal with Abul Kashem as chief convener. The Dhaka unit convener was Saifur Rahman. Within a couple of months the central executive committee of Jubo Dal was declared with Abul Kashem and Saifur Rahman as the President and General Secretary respectively. Mirza Abbas became the Dhaka unit President with Kamruzzaman Ayat Ali as the Secretary General.[11]

1981-1982[edit]

On May 30, 1981 the founder of the party/ President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated in the Chittagong Circuit House by a small group of military officials. After the assassination of Ziaur Rahman, large crowds started protesting in major cities like Dhaka and Chittagong.[12] The funeral of Ziaur Rahman became a huge event with the participation of millions of people in Dhaka.[13]

In the Bangladeshi presidential election, 1981 Abdus Sattar was elected. He formed a National Security Council to involve the Bangladesh Armed Forces. Meanwhile, smelling a rat, the Vice President Mirza Nurul Huda resigned from his post in March 1982.[14]

Military coup d'état, 1982[edit]

Army Chief Hussain Muhammad Ershad thwarted the elected government of Justice Sattar on March 24, 1982 and replaced him with Justice A. F. M. Ahsanuddin Chowdhury. The BNP was thrown out of power. Many of its leaders were imprisoned[12] including Former Minister S.A. Bari, Saifur Rahman, Habibullah Khan, Tanvir Ahmed Siddiqui, Atauddin Khan, Jamal Uddin Ahmed, K.M. Obaidur Rahman, Abul Hasnat, and Moudud Ahmed. 233 leaders of BNP were arrested from March to July 1982.[15]

Khaleda Zia is the current chairperson and leader of the party

7-Party Alliance[edit]

From 1983, Begum Khaleda Zia became the de facto decision maker of the party. Under her leadership the BNP formed a new anti-government alliance against the autocratic Ershad regime. It was named after the number of parties with it, 7-Party Alliance.[16]

BNP launched an anti-government movement after coordination with Awami League led 15-Party Alliance from September 1983. The 7-Party Alliance arranged a mass gathering and called a nationwide strike on November 1, 1983. The strike was very successful. After that the alliance called to surround the Secretariat on November 28, 1983 along with the 15-Party Alliance.[17] Thousands of BNP activists surrounded the secretariat building at Paltan. Some agitated supporters from both alliances broke the boundary walls of the building. The police retaliated with indiscriminate firing of live bullets.[17] A ban on political activities was imposed that night and Begum Khaleda Zia was kept under house arrest.

On February 29, 1984, Ershad declared that the ban on politics would be lifted on March 26 and on May 27 both the Presidential and national election would be held. The 7-Party Alliance asked for the national election prior to the Presidential election. After the lifting of the ban, Khaleda Zia attended an extended meeting of the party on April 1 where she was made the acting Chairperson of the party. In May the Chairperson Justice Sattar resigned and Khaleda Zia was made the Chairperson of the party.[11]

Under the leadership of Khaleda Zia, the first major step BNP took was to expel leaders like Shah Azizur Rahman, Moudud Ahmed, AKM Maidul Islam, Abdul Alim, and Barrister Sultan Ahmed Chowdhury from the party. These leaders formed a committee with Shah Aziz as the President and AKM Maidul Islam as the General Secretary. This faction later joined the Jatiya Front and Jatiya Party (Ershad).

Attack on Begum Khaleda Zia[edit]

On September 23, 1984 while addressing a rally in Bogra, 10 or 12 handmade grenades were charged on the rally while some of them were aimed at the stage where Khaleda Zia was giving her speech.[18] Khaleda Zia narrowly escaped injury while eleven of her party received severe injuries. A nationwide strike was called in protest at this attack on December 22 and 27. The government imposed a ban on political activities on those days to foil the strike, but it was largely ignored. Two people including a student leader from Bangladesh, Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal, died when police fired on a crowd on December 22.[18]

Upazila election 1985[edit]

1985 Upazila election results[19]
Party Chairman
Janadal 190
Bangladesh Nationalist Party 46
Bangladesh Awami League 41
Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal-JSD 15
Muslim League 9

The government, amid protests, held upazila elections on May 15, 1985 in 251 upazilas and on May 20 in 209. The election was marked by rigging, stuffing, snatching of ballots and electoral fraud. Ershad's newly formed Janadal got 190 candidates as victors. Though BNP was in trouble because of government repression, it got 46 of its leader as upazila chairmen while the Awami League fared worse with 41 upazila chairman.[19]

Formation of student alliance[edit]

In 1985, BNP's students wing Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal formed Shongrami Chatra Jote with Chatra League (Awranga), Chatra League (Pradhan) and five other student organizations and started its resistance against Ershad.[20][page needed]

General election 1986[edit]

In March 1986, Ershad declared that a national election would be held on May 7. Both the 7-Party Alliance led by BNP and the 15-Party Alliance led by the Awami League declared a boycott of the election on March 17. Both called a joint rally on March 21 and a nationwide strike on March 22 as the immediate program to thwart the forthcoming election.

1986 Parliamentary election results[10]
Party Seats Vote
Jatiya Party 153 42.34%
Bangladesh Awami League 76 26.16%
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami 10 4.61%
Communist Party of Bangladesh 5 -
National Awami Party 5 -

On March 19 at the Laldighi field of Chittagong, Sheikh Hasina declared:

We have no plan to participate in the upcoming poll. Those who will participate in this poll will be declared 'national betrayer'.[18][page needed]

Surprisingly, though Khaleda Zia attended the rally of March 21, Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League and Comrade Farhad of the Communist Party of Bangladesh refrained themselves from attending the rally.

The night before the nationwide strike on March 22, the Awami League called a meeting of the 15-Party Alliance but Sheikh Hasina refused to take part in the meeting. In the meeting majority of the parties including the Awami League opined in favour of the election. General Khalilur Rahman of Awami League was maintaining close contacts with the army headquarters during the meeting that night. Sheikh Hasina was having discussion with General Khalil periodically.[17]

On the final hours of March 21, 1986, Sheikh Hasina announced that the Awami League and her alliance would participate in the election. Five parties of the alliance parted ways from the Awami League after the announcement and decided to boycott the election. BNP and the 7-Party Alliance with the newly formed 5-Party alliance of leftists started campaigning against the election while the Awami League and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami joined the election.

The election was largely boycotted. BNP Chairperson mobilized a large pool of political parties and their leaders behind her to boycott the election. Apart from the BNP led 7-Party Alliance and leftist 5-Party Alliance, 17 more parties including BNP (Shah Aziz), Samajbadi Dal (Nirmal Sen), Democratic League (Moshtaq), Democratic League (Oli Ahad), Islamic Democratic League, Islami Andolon (M. A. Jalil), Janata Party, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party, Labour Party (Maolana Matin), Muslim League (Kamruzzaman), Progatishil Ganatantrik Shakti and so on.[10]

Khaleda Zia reiterated that the BNP would participate only if:[21]

  1. The fundamental rights are restored
  2. All political prisoners are released
  3. All convictions of politicians by the military courts are cancelled

The anti-election alliance under BNP called for a nationwide strike on election day. Unrest, voting fraud and malpractices marked the election day according to the opposition parties.[22] Both the Awami League and Jamaat-e-Islami conceded humiliating defeat in the election.[17]

Begum Khaleda Zia addressing a sit in on November 28, 1989

General Hussain Mohammad Ershad got himself elected on October 15, 1986. Prior to the election, Khaleda Zia was put under house arrest on October 13.[23]

In a joint declaration, the two alliances called for “Siege Dhaka” program on November 10, 1987. The government imposed a ban on public gatherings ahead of the program which was defied on the day, and during the program, the capital of the country virtually went under the control of the opposition alliances.[24] This incident infuriated the opposition and a nationwide protest was called on the following day. The government came hard handed and both Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina was put under house arrest on October 11.[24] Both the parties and their partners in the movement declared frequent nationwide strikes for the next days till the end of the year.

General election 1988[edit]

BNP was determined about not to join poll under Ershad regime and decided to boycott the general election of 1988 after the abolishment of the previous parliament. The election was held on March 3 without the participation of any popular party or alliance rather a combined opposition was made led by ASM Abdur Rab. BNP called a nationwide on the Election Day and declared they would resist the election.[25]

Organizational reformations[edit]

BNP chief Begum Zia, on June 21, 1988, suspended the national standing committee and executive committee on the party for various reasons including the failures to strengthening the party of leaders and the role of former military personnel within the party. On July 3, 1988 Barrister Abdus Salam Talukder, a distinguished lawyer from Lincoln's Inn, was assigned with the post of Secretary General of the party instead of KM Obaidur Rahman. Soon after the removal of Obaidur, he with Jamal Uddin Ahmed and Abul Hasnat formed a new party with the same name.[26] On July 17 of the same year, Shah Azizur Rahman dissolved the BNP faction with him and joined the party with his followers on August 26. Barrister Abdus Salam Talukder restructured the BNP, making it a stronger political platform that thrived through the critical time to topple Ershad regime.[27]

1990 Mass Uprising[edit]

The movement against Ershad started gaining momentum from October 1990. The BNP led 7-party alliance, the Awami League led 8-party alliance and the Leftist 5-party alliance started a movement to usurp Ershad from October 10, 1990 and declared a nationwide strike on that day. The strike claimed 5 lives, including the three BNP activists who were rallying in front of the central office of the Jatiya Party when the Jatiya Party cadres opened fire on the crowd.[28]

On November 28, the opposition parties including BNP and its student wing defied the curfew and state of emergency and came out with large processions. The curfew and state of emergency was the last resort for Ershad that became ineffective by the end of November 1990.[29] On December 3, the protests became more violent and many died. Bombs were hurled at the Sena Kalyan Sangstha building at Motijhil. From November 27 to December 3, more than fifty protesters died.[29] On December 4, the mass uprising took place and Ershad declared his resignation.

Students movement[edit]

Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) which has always been a centre of all popular movements in the history of Bangladesh came under the control of Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal after the election of June 3, 1990.[30][31][32] The Amanullah Aman-Khairul Kabir Khokan panel backed by Chatra Dal won all the posts and took the lead of the students' movement in the University of Dhaka campus.[30][32]

BNP student wing leader Ilias Ali during a protest in 1980s

The Chatra Dal led DUCSU committee forged an alliance with all existing students group in the campus, Sarbadaliya Chatra Oikya Parishad (All-party Students Alliance Council) and staged a demonstration on October 1, 1990.[31] The protests turned violent after the police firing on a rally of Chatra Dal on October 10 that claimed the life of Naziruddin Jehad, a Chatra Dal leader from Sirajganj who came to Dhaka to join the rally against Ershad.[33][34]

The series of student protests compelled the Ershad regime to think about a safe exit.[35]

Solidarity of teachers[edit]

On December 7, 1989, the BNP supported White panel of teachers got the highest number of Deans elected from their panel including Professor Anwarullah Chowdhury, Professor S M Faiz, Assistant Professor M. Anwar Hossain and Associate Professor Humayun Ahmed.[36]

The pro-BNP White panel of teachers which dominated the Dhaka University Teachers Association declared an all-out movement against the Ershad regime in 1990. All the teachers decided to resign from their post on November 29 and confirmed their decision of not returning to classes until the fall of Ershad. The firm reaction from the teachers jeopardized the Ershad regime.[37]

After the fall of Ershad, because of the commitment to the national interest the White panel of teachers won a decisive victory on December 24, 1990 in the election of Dhaka University Teachers Association once again with Professor Anwarullah Chowdhury as the President of the association with Professor M. Anwar Hossain as the General Secretary.[38]

Caretaker government (2006–2008)[edit]

The military-backed government promised to tackle the longstanding problems of corruption, filing charges against more than 160 politicians, civil servants and businessmen in 2007. Among those charged were Khaleda Zia and her two sons, as well as Sheikh Hasina, leader of the Awami League.[39]

The Bangladesh Election Commission invited Hafizuddin's faction, rather than Khaleda Zia's, to participate in talks, effectively recognizing the former as the legitimate BNP. Khaleda Zia challenged this in court, but her appeal was rejected on April 10, 2008.[39] After her release later that year, Zia was restored to her position as party leader.[40]

In the 2008 Bangladesh general election, the 4-party alliance led by BNP won 33 seats out of 299 constituencies, of which the BNP alone got 30.[41]

Post-election campaigns (2012-2016)[edit]

After several movements in a period of severe political unrest between 2012-2014 to prevent the ruling party holding the 10th general election in January 2014 without a neutral caretaker government, Khaleda led BNP and its allies in a boycot of the election. Incidents of violence were reported on polling day including bombing of election centers, which the BNP and its allies were accused of. Over 100 people were killed in the 2016 Union Parishad Election in violent clashes between Awami League and BNP supporters.[42] In 2016 the BNP announced its new National Standing Committee, in which Khaleda retained her position as Chairperson. New members were recruited while some older members were removed, and various new strategies for party operation were formulated.[43][44]

5th National Council 2009[edit]

After sanctions by the Election Commission, the party held country-wide events in order for local leaders to play an active role in the national party.[45] The BNP National Council empowered re-elected party chairperson Khaleda Zia to pick other members for the National Executive Committee and Standing Committee.[46] It elected her eldest son, Tarique Rahman, to the powerful post as Senior Vice-Chairman, in a "move apparently designed to smooth his path to the party helm."[46]

Party leaders[edit]

Chairpersons[edit]

Leader
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Took Office Left Office Term length
Ziaur Rahman
(1936–1981)
Ziaur Rahman 1979.jpg September 1, 1978 May 30, 1981 2 years
Abdus Sattar
(1906–1985)
May 30, 1981 May 30, 1984 3 years
Khaleda Zia
(1945–)
Khaleda Zia former Prime Minister of Bangladesh cropped.jpg May 30, 1984 present 32 years

Current leadership[edit]

See also[edit]

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