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BNP’s reorganisation target unmet

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BNP’s reorganisation target unmet

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has failed to meet the target set for reorganising the party. The party has listed seven reasons for it. They are: holy Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha, area-based councils obstructed by the government and the Awami League, leadership conflicts, no permission for venues for holding the councils and the leaders and activists on the run with numerous cases filed against them.

On August 9 last the BNP issued letters to the presidents and general secretaries of 75 organisational units to reorganise the party from the grassroots level. On the behalf of the party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the letters were signed by joint secretary-general Md Shahjahan. The letters asked them to reorganize all the units at the municipality, thana, upazila, district and city levels by September 30. The deadline for submitting the lists of the reorganized units to the central committee expired on Wednesday.

BNP sources said though the instruction of the BNP leaders added an impetus to the activity at the grassroots level, the leaders assigned to do it failed to tackle the situation. Almost in all districts and upazilas the conflicts over leadership spiraled out of control and the reorganization process halted.

BNP’s Dhaka divisional assistant organizing secretary Advocate Abdus Salam Azad told The Report on Thursday, “Apart from obstructions created by the ruling party as well as the administration there were the two festivals—Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul azha—and the holy Hajj. So, our target of reorganising the party could not be met by the deadline, it is true.”

Salam also said, “Under the Dhaka division the Thana and upazila units in 50 percent districts have been reorganized. We hope the reorganisation of the remaining units will be completed within 15-20 days.”

He also said, “Many of leaders are now in Saudi Arabia for performing Hajj. Besides, there are cases against the leaders and activists and they have been on the run for long. In many areas venues were selected, but later the venues were cancelled because of threat from the local police stations and the Awami League. The police are playing the role of Awami League. Besides, there are conflicts over leadership and this is also a reason for the failure to form the committees. Actually because of these adversities we could not meet the target of reorganizing the party by the stipulated deadline of September 30.”

It has been learnt that none of the 75 organisational districts could complete the process by the deadline set by the centre. Likewise, the progress in reorganizing the parties at the ward, thana, municipality and union levels was not up to the expectation. Even the district and city-level leaders of many organizational districts were not responding to the letters sent by the centre on reorganization of the grassroots level units.

In some districts the initiatives for holding councils and forming committees could not be materialized because of the conflicts over leadership. In such a situation the central committee is thinking of disbanding the units in at least 15 organisational districts. But by this time more than 50 units have sought time from the centre for implementing the directive of the centre, the BNP office sources have said.

The party sources said in the districts where the committee formation would be obstructed, the centre would interfere. At the same time those district committees would be disbanded.

According to sources, there has been no tangible progress in formation of committees because of the leadership conflicts in Mymensingh North and South, Tangail, Barisal city and district, Patuakhali, Jhalakathi, Panchagarh, Bogra, Sirajganj, Chittagong city, Khulna district, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Rajshahi and some other districts.

When asked about the deadline for reorganizing the party, BNP joint secretary general Md Shahjahan told The Report, “Almost all the units started working after sending the letters for forming the committees. It has progressed much. But because of different adversities the reorganization process was hampered to some extent and that’s why it could not be completed by the deadline. But those who have applied for time extension will get the time.”

Md Shahjahan also said, “Those who have failed to act despite the directive from the centre will face organizational action as soon as the BNP chairperson returns home.”

About the progress in reorganizing the party, BNP assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu told The Report, “The deadline set by the centre in the letters for reorganising the committees expired on Wednesday. As soon as the Chairperson returns home, the whole picture of the party reorganization will be placed before him. The work is going on with that end in view.”

Tipu said, “Problems with the committee reorganization have cropped up in some areas. We are working on that. This process has been hampered to some extent because of the Eid and the Hajj. Many have sought time. Some units have totally failed to reorganise their committees. The BNP chairperson will take the decisions about them.”

The last council of the BNP was held on December 8 in 2009. Later the central committee could not be formed. After formation of all the district committees the BNP will hold the national council, it has been learnt from the party sources.

Ends/thereport24.com/AR/Oct 02, 2015