Worried about the prevailing divisions in different tiers of BNP, the party high command has started work to overcome the organisational crisis ahead of the next national election.
Party insiders said the BNP high command is worried over the internal conflicts, particularly at the grassroots level and so, they are trying to end the crisis, party sources said.
The internal divisions in the BNP have surfaced following the formation of committees of its front, associate organisations and various units, the sources said.
BNP teams comprising top party leaders of different districts have found the truth of lingering internal feuds during their organisational visits across the country.
The party’s front and associate bodies, including Chhatra Dal, Jubo Dal, Shechchasebak Dal, Mahila Dal and Sramik Dal, are in grip of internal conflicts, sources said.
“Even there is division among top party leaders. There are divided into two groups -- reformists and non-reformists.Some leaders follow the directions of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia while some follow senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman,” said a senior BNP leader.
The BNP top brass is worried especially about the internal feuds in the party’s grassroots units across the country ahead of the next parliamentary polls scheduled to be held in 2019.
Asked about the matter, party standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman told daily sun, “Our organisation has not been in good condition at village, upazila and district levels for long. But our senior leaders are now visiting different areas across the country and working to bring discipline in the grassroots units.”
“I think we’ll be able overcome this problem much before the next national election,” he added.
Sources said the party high command is concerned over the internal party conflicts as they fear that divisions may affect the party’s performance in the next national election.
BNP had launched several phases of movement but it could neither could unseat the Awami League government nor could stop January 5, 2014 general election.
The party also failed to realize its demand of holding national election under non-party poll-time administration.
Talking to daily sun, many BNP leaders said the internal conflicts and lack of proper leadership were the main reasons behind the party’s failure in their anti-government movement.
BNP recently formed 51 teams comprising of its top leaders. The teams started visiting different districts and holding meetings with the leaders and activists of the grassroots units from last month in a bid to rejuvenate the party men.
They are also giving necessary instructions to get prepared for the next national polls.
During the countrywide tours, many teams have faced internal conflicts in many districts, which shows poor organisational unity of the party at the grass roots level, insiders said.
“Senior BNP leaders are facing awkward situation in many districts as grassroots leaders and activists are locked in clashes in their presence during meetings,” said some BNP leaders who are visiting different districts.
The party leaders have faced internal clashes centering the activists’ meetings in many districts, including Dhaka city, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Syedpur, Jhenaidah, Barisal and Patuakhali.
The party failed to complete holding activists’ meeting in 77 organising districts of BNP within the deadline due to internal conflicts, the sources added.
Asked about the internal clashes in the meetings of the grassroots in different districts, BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain recently told daily sun “This may happen with political parties. It is normal for a political party.”
BNP grassroots recasting process repeatedly was failed to form unit committees within the preset deadlines due to internal conflicts, holding more than one posts of some central leaders, and runaway and detention of many leaders, BNP insiders said.
New committees have been formed in only around 40 organising districts while the tenure of different committees expired for long, said a top leader.
The party’s internal conflicts at grassroots have increased for lack of chain of command as a number of BNP central and local leaders do not go to their areas for long and stay in the capital, he added.
“There is lack of chain of command inside BNP while the lower tier leaders do not follow the direction of the top order. Dedicated party leaders are frustrated as they have been deprived of party posts,” said a central leader.
Talking to daily sun, a number of BNP leaders said the party is under pressure for internal feuds while many leaders are busy weakening their rivals in the party ahead of the next national election.
“Internal conflict is like curse for a political party. It will be difficult for BNP to overcome any political crisis, participating in election or winning any movement, if the internal conflict exists inside the party,” said one of the leaders.