Bangladesh Nationalist Party

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party
বাংলাদেশ জাতীয়তাবাদী দল
ChairpersonBegum Khaleda Zia
Tarique Rahman (Acting Chairperson)[1]
General SecretaryMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
SpokespersonRuhul Kabir Rizvi
Senior Vice-ChairmanTarique Rahman
Vice-ChairmanHafizuddin Ahmed
FounderZiaur Rahman
Founded1 September 1978 (45 years ago) (1978-09-01)
Preceded byJatiyatabadi Ganatantrik Dal
Headquarters28/1 Naya Paltan, Dhaka
NewspaperThe Daily Dinkal
Student wingBangladesh Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal
Youth wingBangladesh Jatiotabadi Jubo Dal
Women's wingBangladesh Jatiotabadi Mohila Dal
Farmer wingBangladesh Jatiotabadi Krishak Dal
Trade union wingBangladesh Jatyatabadi Sramik Dal
Volunteer wingBangladesh Jatiyatabadi Sechchasebak Dal[2]
Cleric wingBangladesh Jatiyatabadi Olama Dal[3]
IdeologyBig tent
Bangladeshi nationalism
Conservatism (Bangladeshi)
Economic liberalism[4]
Political positionCentre-right[5] to right wing[6]
National affiliationBangladesh Nationalist Front (1979)
7 Party Alliance (1991–1999)
Jatiya Oikya Front (2018–2019)
20 Party Alliance (1999–2022)
12 Party Alliance (2022–present)[7]
International affiliationAsia Pacific Democrat Union[8][9]
Colors  Red
  Blue (customary) [8][9][10]
SloganBangladesh Zindabad
Anthem"Bangladesh First"
(Prothom Bangladesh)
Seats in Jatiya Sangsad
0 / 350
Mayors in City Corporations
0 / 12
Councillor in
City Corporations
23 / 638
Election symbol

Sheaf of Paddy

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is a major political party in Bangladesh, founded in 1978 by Ziaur Rahman. After Rahman's assassination in 1981, Khaleda Zia led the party until her imprisonment in 2018. Currently, Tarique Rahman, their son, serves the party as acting chairperson from London.

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  5. Rahman, Tahmina (6 September 2022). "From Revolutionaries to Visionless Parties: Leftist Politics in Bangladesh". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 27 October 2023. The center-right Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)…
  6. Hossain, Farid (15 June 2023). "Why US Congressmen's letter has come as a shock for minority community leaders in Bangladesh". India Today. Retrieved 26 October 2023. When right-wing Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its Islamist ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, won the general election in 2001, the minority Hindus bore the brunt of the celebration.
  7. প্রতিনিধি, বিশেষ. "২০ দল ভেঙে দুটি জোট, লক্ষ্য যুগপৎ আন্দোলন". Prothomalo (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 29 December 2022. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Why BNP's tirade against PM Hasina's India visit sounds hollow". The Daily Star: Bangladesh's Islamist opposition too seems to be on an overdrive to belittle Hasina whenever she is on a visit to India. But these high-pitch allegations ring hollow. 9 September 2022. Archived from the original on 9 September 2022. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Political Parties in Bangladesh" (PDF). Bangladesh Election Commission. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 March 2022. Retrieved 23 October 2022.
  10. Riaz, Ali (2003). ""God Willing": The Politics and Ideology of Islamism in Bangladesh". Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 23 (1–2): 301–320. doi:10.1215/1089201X-23-1-2-301.