BNP co-opted a good number of new faces, including 113 members, in its 502-member executive committee announced on Saturday.
Executed war criminal Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury’s son Hummam Quader Chowdhury, who reportedly remained missing since Thursday, is one of the 113 new executive committee members of the party.
Besides, party leader Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain’s son Maruf Hossain, late Nasiruddin Pintu’s wife Nasima Akhter Kalpana, Abdul Awal Mintoo’s son Tabith Awal, Netai Roy Chowdhury’s daughter-in-law Nipun Roy Chowdhury, actor Helal Khan, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s brother Mirza Faisal Amin, Mirza Abbas’ brother Mirza Khokan, Khaleda’s nephew Shahrin Islam Tuhin, late party leader Hemayet Hosain’s Auranga’s wife Tahmina Khan Auranga and Mir Nasir’s son Mir Helal are among the 113 new executive committee members.
Abbas’ wife Afroza Abbas was made BNP’s assistant women affairs secretary while Gayeshwar Chandra’s daughter Arpna Roy marginalised manpower development affairs assistant secretary, singer Monir Khan assistant cultural affairs secretary and Barrister Rumin Farhana assistant international affairs secretary.
Missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali’s wife Tahsian Rushdir Luna was made BNP chairperson’s advisory council member.
Besides, three Dhaka University teachers -- Prof Tajmeri Islam, Dr Shahida Rafique and Prof Sukomal Barua -- were also co-opted in the chairperson’s advisory council.
On behalf of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the 502- member executive and 19-member standing committees and 73-member chairperson advisory council at a press briefing at BNP's Nayaplatan central office.
Mirza Fakhrul, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and Salahuddin Ahmed, now facing trial in India, got a berth in the standing committee.
In his instant reaction, Fakhrul said, “The new committees are very vibrant and dynamic ones. We think the members of the committees will play a positive role in Bangladesh’s politics.”
Asked why their executive committee size extended to 502-number one from the previous 386-number one, he said they did it considering the current situation and the party expansion. “Now the number of our active leaders has increased. Besides, many leaders have groomed in our different associate bodies. We’ve accommodated some of them to cerate future leaders.”