BNP has moved to revamp the party leaders and activists and strengthen the grassroots units across the country ahead of the next general election scheduled for 2019.
Although the party can’t form its committees in the grassroots units, BNP has formed 51 teams comprising top and central leaders to travel different districts across the country and work to reorganise the party.
BNP sources said so far committees have been formed in 36 out of 75 organisational districts of the party.
“The 51 teams will hold meetings and give instructions to strengthen the organisational activities of the party,” BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said at a press briefing at the party's Naya Paltan central office on Monday.
“The central leaders will hold meetings with activists in every district across the country to discuss national politics and organisational issues of BNP,” he added.
The BNP leader said leaders of the teams will participate in meetings in 75 organising districts across the country.
BNP standing committee members, vice chairman, chairperson’s adviser, joint secretaries general, organising secretaries and some other office-bearers of the central body will comprise the 51 teams.
Designated leaders including, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Abdullah Al Noman, Hafizuddin Ahmed, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Selima Rahman, Mohammad Shahjahan and Shamsuzzaman Dudu will lead the teams.
BNP insiders said the party grassroots recasting process has been in the doldrums for long as the embattled party has repeatedly failed to form unit committees within the preset deadlines.
The party cannot revamp its grassroots units because of internal conflicts, non-cooperation by some central leaders, holding more than one posts of some central leaders, and runaway and detention of many leaders, the sources added.
There are 75 organisational districts of the party across the country, sources said, adding that the tenure of different grassroots units committees expired a long time ago.
Despite repeated directives from BNP high command, the party cannot form full-fledged committees at the grassroots.
The beleaguered party now has taken an initiative to strengthen them through reorganising its grassroots units following their failure in the movement for holding elections under a non-party administration.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has formed the 51 committees and directed the party central leaders to reorganise and rejuvenate the party men ahead of the next national polls as the party has primarily set their mind to participate in the polls.
Addressing a programme recently in the capital, pro-BNP intellectual and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury observed that BNP has failed to reorganise the party even after over a year of its national council for lack of motivation in many leaders and activists..