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20 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Tarique asks BNP grassroots to reorganise party

Rafiqul Islam Azad, Dhaka

BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman is concentrating on strengthening the party at the grassroots level by instructing district leaders to get elected committees in their respective areas. BNP sources said Tarique, who is now living in self-exile in London, has been holding meetings with district committee leaders at the party’s central office through video conferencing for the past fortnight. The sources also said that the video conferences will help in the reorganisation of the party at the grassroots level and motivate the BNP rank and file, both morally and organisationally, to turn around in the field of politics.

Talking to The Independent, senior party leaders and those who took part in the video conferencing termed the initiative as positive and much needed ahead of the BNP’s next national council.

The party, however, does not want to hold the next council when its ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia was in prison. That’s why the party acting chairman himself was looking after the reorganization at the grassroots level in a transparent manner, the leaders said.

Party insiders informed that Tarique has already held meetings with representatives of over 30 district committees and he would hold talks with the rest of the 76 organizational districts within the next month. Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, remain present during the video conferences, the sources added. BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the video conferences will help identify the weaknesses and gaps among the party leadership at all levels, if any. “Besides, the acting chairman is giving instructions to grassroots leaders to reorganise the expired committees by holding councils,” he added.

Khandaker said the BNP was a pro-people party. “It’d turn around as the people have accepted its policies and ideology,” he added.

The party leadership was evaluating the committees at different levels to boost vibrancy in BNP activities, he said.

BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said Tarique took the initiative to hold talks with the grassroots leaders as part of the process to strengthen the party after the Dec 30 polls. Regarding a new national council, Alal said the BNP leadership was of the opinion that holding the council while Khaleda was in jail would not be proper. “However, if she gives permission, the party leaders may a take decision in this regard, ” he added.

BNP organising secretary and Natore party unit president advocate Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu termed Tarique’s video conferences as a proper step to inspire the party’s grassroots leaders. He said the leaders of the Natore party unit would attend a video conference with the acting chairman in the first week of April.

Md Toimur Rahman, president of the BNP’s Thakurgaon district unit, who attended a video conference with Tarique on March 3, termed the meeting as being very fruitful. “We could speak with the acting chairman openly.

He asked us to reorganize the party at all levels by holding elections for council in a transparent manner,” he said.  “The video conferences will help boost democracy within the party,” he added. Momtajuddin Mondal, acting president of the BNP’s Joypurhat district unit, said he had attended a video conference with Tarique on Sunday. “The acting chairman wanted to know about the state of the party organisation in our district. He told us to take measures to fill up the 151 district committee within a week and reconstitute the party at the lower levels in a transparent manner,” he added.

He mentioned that Khaleda had declared a 25-member district committee at the death of BNP’s former Joypurhat unit president Mojahar Ali Prodhan some two years ago.

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