BNP starts countrywide tour tomorrow
Wants to mend fences within party, find candidates for next election
BNP is launching an organisational tour across the country from tomorrow (Saturday) to "identify" candidates for the next national election and to resolve intra-party feud.
The organizational tour will continued till May 7 also with the aim of erasing internal conflicts and preparing the leaders and activists of the party for a movement to force the government to hold an inclusive election.
BNP wants to make a strong base at the grassroots level by removing all distances among the leaders and activists now as the next parliament election will be a "do or die" affair for the party. It wants assurance of a level playing field for all contesting parties in the election scheduled for 2019.
According to BNP sources, about 40 teams led by standing committee members, vice-chairmen and joint secretary generals will undertake the visits for weeks.
BNP Standing Committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told the Daily Observer, "The tour is absolutely for exchanging views with grassroots leaders and workers and for assessing field level organisational situation of our party."
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a protest meeting at the National Press Club, "We will not allow holding of any election in the country without the participation of BNP."
Fakhrul further said, "Don't intimidate BNP by saying that the party's registration with the Election Commission will be scrapped if it does not take part in the next parliamentary election".
Rather the government should try to take measures to bring BNP in the next election race, BNP is an election-oriented political party which believes that there is no alternative to elections for going to power, Fakhrul added.
Party sources said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to complete reorganizing her party before next June.
BNP Vice-Chairman and coordinator of reorganizing process Mohammad Shahjahan told the Daily Observer, "We want to complete reorganizing BNP soon comprising of proven and young leaders."
Apart from this, BNP has already announced two committees for the most crucial units of the party and some important unit committees for Gazipur, Tangail, Narsingdi and Munsiganj. They are likely to be announced any time.
BNP Vice-Chairman and Gazipur City Mayor Prof MA Mannan is likely to be made President of Gazipur district unit. If this happens, incumbent president of the district unit Fazlul Haque Milon will be promoted to either joint secretary or adviser to the BNP chief.
Former state minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Abdul Hye is going to be reappointed as Munshiganj district unit president while BNP Joint Secretary General Khairul Kabir Khokon is to be reappointed as president of Narsingdi district unit of the party.
Meanwhile, Tangail district unit is likely to get a new committee as Advocate Ahmed Azam Khan, former president of the unit, is unwilling to remain in the post.
Although the new appointments will be troublesome in implementing BNP's 'one leader, one post' policy as some of its central leaders are going to be appointed at another vital post in the impending shake up.
The BNP high command, however, remains firm to implement 'one leader, one post' policy aimed at accommodating more people in the party leaderships