One year has elapsed since Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) held its sixth national council, but most of the decisions taken at the council are yet to be implemented.
The party even didn’t hold any meeting of the national executive committee after its national council held at the Institution of Engineers in the capital on March 19 last year.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia held a meeting with the party vice-chairman on February 11 this year and sat with the members of her advisory council the following day.
Some amendments to the party’s constitution were approved at the council session. The councilors also bestowed the authority on Khaleda to form full-fledged committee of the party.
The councilors endorsed election of Khaleda Zia and her elder son Tarique Rahman as party chairperson and senior vice-chairman of BNP respectively.
Later, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was made secretary general on March 30 last year.Earlier, he was the acting secretary general of the party.
They also endorsed party’s ‘one leader one post policy’, approved proposals to form sub-committees, a research cell and decided to reorganise the party’s grassroots units.
Talking to daily sun, some senior BNP leaders admitted that most of the council decisions could not be implemented as the party is yet to form subject-wise committees, research cell, and didn’t publish their party charter.
After four months of the party’s council session, BNP declared formation of 502-member ‘jumbo-size’ national executive committee in phases.
Some senior BNP leaders, including Mahbubur Rahman, Abdullah Al Noman, Hafizuddin Ahmed, Golam Akbar Khandaker, were frustrated as they didn’t get their desire position in the committee.
Some deprived leaders alleged that many inexperienced and low-profile has got party’s top posts, which has affected the party’s ‘check and balance’ in organisational structure.
Addressing a programme, BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy said, “If performance of the party leaders were evaluated then there was no necessity to form 502-mmber committee.”
But two posts of the party standing committee have been lying vacant in the 19-member standing committee since its formation, while another post fell vacant following the death of ASM Hannan Shah.
Party sources said BNP’s one-leader one-post policy was ignored by some top leaders while a few leaders only resigned from additional posts, which has created a problem in party’s different units.
Asked whether subject-wise committee was formed, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy told daily sun: “It is not urgent but it will be done.”
About printing the party’s charter, he said, “I know it is scheduled to be printed but I didn’t enquire about it.”
BNP vice-chairman Mohammad Shahjahan said, “As part of the move to reorganize the grassroots units, committee was formed in 34 districts out of party’s 75 organisational districts.”
The BNP leader also said that their party could not implement ‘the one leader one post policy’ as 10-12 leaders are still holding more than one posts.
He, however, said, “It is our success that we have formed some committees of the party, including Jubo Dal, Shechchasebak Dal and JASAS and reorganised some grassroots units.”
BNP insiders said that party leaders and activists are frustrated as party’s organisational activities have almost remain halted.