In a decisive move, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has expelled two of its prominent members, Syed AK Ekramuzzaman and Shah Md Abu Zafar, due to their intent to participate in the imminent 12th parliamentary election. This act is viewed by the party as a violation of its discipline. The BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the announcement via a press release.
Both Ekramuzzaman, an adviser to the BNP chairperson, and Abu Zafar, a member of the party's National Executive Committee, have been stripped of all positions within the party, including their primary membership. According to the party's release, their expulsion stems from their engagement in activities that counter the party's principles.
Ekramuzzaman had aspired to run for the Brahmanbaria-1 (Nasirnagar) constituency. His political career has seen him contest elections as both an independent and a BNP candidate, although he had not achieved success. Abu Zafar, meanwhile, aligned himself with the newly established Bangladesh Nationalist Movement (BNM) on November 21, a tactic devised as part of his election strategy.
BNP's Opposition to Election Schedule
This expulsion move by the BNP comes amidst its rejection of the election schedule for the 12th parliamentary election. The party has demonstrated its disagreement with the election proceedings, considering the collection of nomination papers a 'violation of the party's discipline.'