May 17, 2022, 4:52 am
Leaders of various BNP affiliates have said that there is no alternative to the movement demanding elections under a non-party government. They say they are ready to jump in whenever the party calls for a movement.
They said this in a closed-door meeting with the leaders of the organisation on the third day of the BNP’s series of meetings on Thursday. Leaders and activists of Chhatra Dal, Juba Dal and Swechchhasebak Dal are ready to accept any sacrifice, he told the top leaders. Meeting sources said this information.
Meetings were held with the presidents and editors of Chhatra Dal, Juba Dal, Swechchhasebak Dal, Mahila Dal, Tanti Dal, Ulama Dal, Matsyajibi Dal. BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman took their views on various issues. 92 people including BNP central leader took part in the meeting. However, the Krishak Dal, one of the BNP’s affiliates, and the nationalist socio-cultural organization, Jasas, did not have a committee, so no one in charge of these two organizations was present.
During the meeting, the leaders discussed about the release of Khaleda Zia, party reorganization, highway movement, alliance politics, lawsuits and attacks against leaders and activists. According to meeting sources, the leaders said the movement needs to create alternative leadership up to the third row. The main party BNP has to lead the movement.
The meeting started at 4 pm at the BNP chairperson’s office in the capital’s Gulshan. Tareq Rahman joined it online. The meeting started on Tuesday to seek the views of the leaders with a view to fixing the political strategy ahead of the 12th parliamentary elections. On the first day, Tareq Rahman took the views of the party’s vice chairman, chairperson’s advisers and on the second day, the party’s joint secretary general, organizing secretary and members of the editorial board.
According to meeting sources, just as the leaders of the BNP affiliates have spoken of their limitations, the High Command has also warned them about various issues. The top leader of the party also expressed his reliance on the leaders and workers of the organization to take the movement forward.
Leaders of several affiliates have blamed the lobbying of top leaders of the party, including the local BNP, for forming various district and upazila committees. They allege that influential people make false accusations against them unless the person they like is made the leader. Many sacrifices and qualifications can be left out if the committee is not protected from these influences.
A few leaders, with a committee of peasant parties, painted a picture of the situation in Lezgobar. They said the council of this important organization was formed six months ago. But so far the committee has not been announced. Such indecision and delay in the formation of the committee is detrimental to the team. Similarly, the convening committees of the organizations which have been dissolved will be in a state of disrepair year after year if they are not monitored. Sources said that the leaders were in a strong position regarding the movement on the highway during the meeting. In each of their speeches, they expressed their support for the movement for the release of Khaleda Zia and the establishment of democracy in the country.
According to sources, Maulana Shah Nesarul Haque, the convener of the Ulema party, said that the BNP should lead to restore the right to vote and human rights. Elderly people like him will also play their role in the movement. He appealed to give place to religious leadership in different places like BNP central committee.
Another leader said the BNP would lead the movement. But in times of crisis, many of the MP nominees, former MPs, ministers are not available. They turn off their mobile phones and go missing, and the leaders and activists of Chhatra Dal, Juba Dal and Swachchasebak Dal are beaten on the streets. This situation needs to change. The meeting was chaired by Tareq Rahman, among others, the party’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, a member of the standing committee. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku were present.
Saiful Islam Nirab, president of Juba Dal, Sultan Salahuddin Tuku, general secretary, Mostafizur Rahman, acting president of Swachchasebak Dal, Abdul Qadir Bhuiyan Jewel, general secretary, Afroza Abbas, president of Mahila Dal, Sultana Ahmed, Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary of Tanti Dal, , Chhatra Dal President Fazlur Rahman Khokon, General Secretary Iqbal Hossain Shyamal, Ulama Dal Convener Shah Nesarul Haque, Nazrul Islam Talukder and others were present.
This is Tarique Rahman’s first official meeting with central leaders since BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was jailed in February 2018.