Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) high command has become worried over the internal conflicts in the grassroots during the nationwide organisational tours of 51 teams formed to rejuvenate the party leaders and activists.
BNP insiders said internal clashes have made the party high command worried as they fear that the divisions and internal conflicts may affect the party’s performance in the next parliamentary election.
BNP failed to complete its rejuvenating programme within the deadline of May 7 and internal clashes during the meetings of activists have created a new challenge for the rejuvenation efforts.
Party sources said they could hold activists’ meetings in only around 20-30 districts.
“The teams held meetings in around 70 percent areas out of the total 77 organising districts. We could not hold meetings in rest of the districts for different reasons, including obstructions.The timeframe of the programme has been extended unofficially. The meetings will continue till May 15,” Taiful Islam Tipu, assistant office secretary of BNP, told daily sun on Sunday.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has directed the designated leaders to complete the reorganising process of the party’s front, associate organisations and different units, including grassroots committees ahead of the next parliament election, sources said.
BNP had formed 51 teams, and the teams started visiting different districts across the country and holding meetings with the leaders and activists of grassroots units from last month in a bid to rejuvenate the leaders and activists and giving necessary instructions to get prepared for the next national polls in 2019.
The teams comprise of BNP standing committee members, vice chairmen, chairperson’s advisers, joint secretaries general, organising secretaries and some other office-bearers of the central body.
During the nationwide tours, some teams are facing internal conflicts in many districts due to longstanding disputes between different groups of the party, which shows the poor organisational unity of the party at the local level, BNP insiders said.
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 are leading the 51 teams.
“Senior BNP leaders are facing awkward situations in many districts as the grassroots leaders and activists are being locked in clashes in their presence at the meetings. And the rival groups are also not paying heed to the requests to keep calm from the top leaders,” said some BNP leaders who are visiting different districts with the teams.
BNP sources said the party leaders have faced internal clashes centering the activists’ meetings in many districts, including Chittagong, Syedpur, Jhenaidah, Barisal and Patuakhali.
Asked about internal clashes in the meetings of the grassroots in different districts, BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told daily sun “This may happen with political parties. It is normal for a political party.”
The 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 sources added.
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.
There are 77 organisational districts of the party across the country, sources said, adding that the tenure of different grassroots units committees expired a long time ago.
The beleaguered party now has taken the initiative to strengthen its organisational strengthen by reorganising its grassroots units following their failure in the movement for holding elections under a non-party administration.
“So far new committees have been formed in 40 districts. We are trying to complete our recasting process by the next Eid as long as we can,” BNP vice chairman Mohammad Shahjahan, who is also designated to reorganise the party’s grassroots units, told daily sun.
BNP sources said party chairperson Khaleda Zia has directed the top leaders to complete the reorganising process by the next Eid.