Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday denied any ruling party scheme to break the BNP but his opposition counterpart Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir blamed the regime for plot to split his party.
Once again, Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, made his prediction that the BNP will face a split, due to what he termed internal feud.
The AL leader made similar prediction on a number of occasions in the past, saying that a split in the BNP was imminent.
“I think the BNP will split before the next general elections and its leaders themselves will be responsible for the division in the party,” Quader said on 13 February, 2018, a few days after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia had been sentenced to jail.
On Thursday, Quader said to journalists at a city hotel, "The BNP is now in a fragile condition. What’s the necessity of the government to split such a party? The BNP has enemies within. Leaders of the party have already started talking in contradictory tones and tunes."
BNP general Fakhrul, on the other hand, alleged that the ruling party is conspiring to make sure that the BNP breaks away.
"Many plots are now going on to weaken the BNP and split it. They (govt) also tried to do so in the past, but failed.”
Fakhrul came up with this reaction while speaking at a Milad Mahfil arranged to mark the 4th death anniversary of party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko.
"We would like to unequivocally say they won’t be able to divide the BNP as it re-emerged like phoenix bird repeatedly whenever it faced crisis in the past," UNB quoted Fakhrul as saying.
Quader termed the BNP a chaotic party and said the ruling camp still does not consider the BNP as a weak party.
He also said the AL government wants the BNP MPs to join parliament, constituted through the 30 December elecetions rejected by the opposition alleging massive rigging, ballot stuffing, and intimidation.
Quader also expressed his doubt about the unity of Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, an opposition coalition floated before the general elections.
Apart from Quader, several other senior leaders of the AL, predicted the BNP’s split after Khaleda Zia was sent to jail on 8 February last year.