BNP plans to hold nat’l council in timeRashed Ahmed Mitul
The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is planning to hold its national council in time as required by the provision of the Representation of the People Order.
Although central committees of most of its front and associate organisations have been constituted without holding their council sessions, some of the front organisations are thinking about holding councils after Eid.
After a long gap the last national council of BNP was held on December 8, 2009.
According to BNP’s constitution the tenure of its central executive committee should be three years and the party should hold council session after every three years.
The acting BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, told New Age that the matter of the party’s council session would be decided at a meeting of its standing committee, the party’s top policymaking body, after Eid.
The party standing committee member, Moudud Ahmed told New Age that the council session would be held in time.
He said discussions on the matter were going on in the party and the preparations would begin after Eid.
Standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman said BNP was a registered political party and it had submitted its constitution to the Election Commission.
He said the incumbent committee could function until December this year.
Mahbub said as per the party’s constitution, its council session would definitely be held in time. It would be held in the first half of 2013, he added.
Nearly three years after the BNP’s last national council, full-fledged committees have not yet been constituted in a number of district and divisional city units.
There are rivalries and discord among leaders in about 60 per cent of the district and city units over committees, according to the party insiders.
A few days ago Mirza Fakhrul said there were about 10 districts where
full-fledged committees could not be formed as yet. He said efforts were underway to constitute the committees.
On the other hand, most of the present committees of the BNP’s front and associate organisations were formed without holding national councils.
Leaders of many front organisations could not say when the last council was held.
BNP has nine front and two associate organisations. Its front organisations are – Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal, Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal, Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal, Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal, Jatiyatabadi Tanti Dal, Jatiyatabadi Matsajibi Dal, Jatiyatabadi Olama Dal and Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha. The associate bodies are – Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal.
Krishak Dal secretary Shamsuzzman Dudu said its council session would be held after Eid. Muktijoddha Dal secretary SM Shafiuzzaman also said its council would be held after Eid.
According to the Representation of People Order (RPO), the political parties which are registered with the Election Commission have to hold their council sessions regularly after expiry of tenures of their central committees.
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