New Age Interview: Reaction about Shamsher Mobin’s Resignation

shamsher_mubin_chowdhuryShamsher Mobin’s resignation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party caused mixed reaction in the party, as senior leaders were indifferent to the matter and grassroots were critical of his decision.
BNP vice-chairman Shamsher on Thursday formally announced that he retired from politics and resigned from all posts of BNP citing health ground. On October 28, he handed over a letter, addressed to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, to this end to acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Shamsuzzaman Dudu told New Age that he was not clear about the matter as the party chairperson was now in London and none could say whether Shamsher’s resignation was accepted by her. Anyone can retire from politics on health ground, he said. Replying to a query, Dudu said that Shamsher himself stated, as published in newspapers, that his resignation would not cause any such loss to a big party like BNP.
Khagrachhari district BNP president Wadud Bhuiyan said that Shamsher might resign from the party after some more days considering prevailing critical situation of the country.
He said that Shamsher had the right to quit BNP as he cited health ground, by the timing not perfect.
Wadud, also central executive member, claimed that grassroots were confused following sudden resignation of Shamsher that raised various questions among them.

Some leaders and activists suspected that Shamsher was misguided by some quarters, some thought he was forced by the government and some speculated that he resigned out of fear – Wadud Bhuiyan to New Age.

He, however, said Shamsher’s resignation would not have any impact on the party.

[Published in The New Age, a top English daily of Bangladesh.]