January 26, 2021, 2:31 am
Md Shahadat Hossain: A new equation is going on in Chittagong North District BNP centering on the formation of organizing committee.The party’s vice chairman Gias Uddin Quader Chowdhury and joint secretary general Lion Aslam Chowdhury are united forgetting the long-standing division. Over the past week, the two leaders’ followers have met together in stages.
They are scheduled to meet party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir this week.As a result, the distance between Golam Akbar Khandaker and Aslam Chowdhury is increasing.But in the organizational field, the united position of these two leaders against Gias Quader was public.In the past, the followers of Aslam Chowdhury and Gias Quader used to hold party programs together and the followers of Gias Quader separately.
According to sources close to the BNP, the Center has started the formation of a 51-member North District BNP Organizing Committee by convening Golam Akbar Khandaker.One of the leaders involved in the formation of the committee said on condition of anonymity that the committee was almost finalized.The party was waiting for the announcement at any moment with the consent of the acting chairman. No member secretary was appointed to the committee.
Even if kept at the last minute, he would not be given the power to sign organizational decisions. Meanwhile, the followers of Aslam Chowdhury himself could not accept the formation of the committee after it was announced.Because, some followers of Aslam Chowdhury had been lobbying for the convener for a long time.Again, due to the long-running dispute,the followers of Gias Quader also do not want Golam Akbar Khandaker to be the convener.
As a result,the followers of Gias Quader and Aslam Chowdhury became one to stop Golam Akbar Khandaker in the politics of the northern district.
It has been learned that the followers of Gias Quader and Aslam Chowdhury sat in a closed-door meeting at the party office of Nasimon Bhaban on December 3.The next day they met again at a restaurant in the city.Last December 5, Aslam Chowdhury’s follower and former vice president of the North District BNP.
The meeting was held at Nazim Uddin’s house from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Leaders and activists following Gias Quader,led by Belayet Hossain,former joint secretary of the North District BNP, took part in the meetings.Earlier, a meeting was held between the two sides on November 28.
Leaders and activists present at the meeting said that everyone agreed on some issues.Notable among these are the convener of the organizing committee,seven joint conveners from seven upazilas under the northern district and at least 71 members. Besides, the process of forming the committee by convening only Golam Akbar Khandaker was also opposed from the meeting.
There was a strong demand from the meeting that the committee should not be formed till Aslam Chowdhury is released.They informed the decisions to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and organizing secretary Mahbubur Rahman Shamim from the meeting.Mirza Fakhrul Islam invited Alamgir to Dhaka to resolve the situation.In this context, they are scheduled to go to Dhaka this week.
In this regard, Engineer Belayet Hossain told Daily Azadi that the followers of Gias Quader and Aslam Chowdhury are united.Aslam Chowdhury will come out at any moment.After his release, everyone was in favor of forming a committee after discussing with everyone.Since there are seven parliamentary seats under the northern district, one has to be the joint convener from each upazila.
In response to a question,he said that the Secretary General has announced for all to unite and come together.We have responded to this announcement.There will be leadership competition between us but there will be no conflict.North district BNP former vice-president. Nazim Uddin said that if anyone tries to form a committee by giving wrong information to the acting chairman,the grassroots will not accept it.
Aslam Chowdhury went to jail while doing party politics.So out of respect for him, everyone agreed that the committee would not be formed until he was released.We will accept any decision after his release.He also said that the followers of Gias Quader,Aslam Chowdhury and Hummam Quader Chowdhury have been meeting on a daily basis since November 28.
Asked whether the meeting was to stop Golam Akbar Khandaker, he said,”It is not a matter of stopping.”What has been achieved in Bangladesh with a single power.
BNP central organizing secretary Mahbubur Rahman Shamim said the process of forming the committee is underway.However, he did not agree to comment on the call of the northern district BNP leaders to refrain from forming the committee until Aslam Chowdhury was released.
Meanwhile, a leader said on condition of anonymity that Aslam Chow