BNP seems to have failed to implement a ‘one leader, one post’ policy although one year has gone by since the holding of its sixth national council.
Party sources said most of the decisions taken at the council have not been implemented on political grounds.
A number of BNP central leaders are holding more than one post and are reluctant to quit additional posts, they also said.
Asked about the policy, BNP senior joint secretary-general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, “We sent letters to the leaders holding additional posts to quit. Now we are getting replies from them.”
He also said the policy is being implemented to gear up the party’s organisational activities.The party will take the final decision about those holding more than one posts.
“Rizvi sent a letter to me about implementation of the policy,” said BNP joint secretary general Mazibar Rahman Sarwar, also president of the Barisal city unit.
“I have replied to the letter, explaining the reason for holding the additional post. If we leave additional posts suddenly, we will have to face many problems. The policy will be implemented gradually.”
Another central leader said, “Rizvi is himself holding more than one post. We think that implementing the policy is a continuous process. It will take time.”
However, Rizvi is simultaneously holding the posts of senior joint secretary-general and office secretary of the party.
According to the amended charter of BNP, no office bearer, assistant office bearer, member of its standing committee and member of the BNP chairperson’s advisory council can hold the posts of president or general secretary of any unit of the party and its front organisations.
However, the provision gave discretionary power to the BNP chairperson to keep any leader in two posts for the time being if she thinks it is necessary.
The new provision was incorporated into the party’s constitution to create new leadership through accommodating more party leaders and to bring dynamism in the party, party leaders said.
Talking to daily sun, some senior leaders said 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. So it is not implementing the one leader, one post policy.
After four months of the party’s council session, BNP declared formation of a 502-member national executive committee.
Party sources said a few leaders resigned from additional posts, which has created problems in the party’s different units.
The revamping of its grass-roots units is going on very slowly as the ‘one leader, one post’ policy is not being implemented, they added.
So far, about 20 leaders have quit additional posts. Around 70 senior leaders are still holding more than one post in its different tiers.
Those who are yet to quit additional posts include BNP joint secretary general Khairul Kabir Khokon, vice-chairman Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, joint secretary general Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel and organising secretary (Rajshahi division) Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu.
When contacted, Dulu said, “I have assured Madam (Khaleda Zia) of quitting my post of Natore district unit president.”
Party sources said some senior leaders met BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and explained the reasons behind holding their additional posts.