AL, BNP, JP to join CPC summit today

Staff Correspondent

6 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Ruling Awami League (AL), its arch-rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the Opposition Jatiya Party (JP) and left-leaning political parties will join ‘World Political Parties Summit’ virtually today.   

The Communist Party of China (CPC) is scheduled to hold the virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, also the general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, in the chair.

The summit of world political parties will be held marking the CPC’s 100th founding anniversary.

A delegation led by AL Presidium Member Faruk Khan, also the chairman of international sub-committee, will join the summit virtually from Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political office in the capital’s Dhanmondi around 6:00pm to 8:00pm. AL International Affairs Secretary Shammi Ahmed, also the member secretary of the sub-committee, will be among the team members.

“Marking the founding anniversary of the CPC, we will attend the summit virtually,” Faruk told the Daily Sun on Monday. 

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the CPC while international affairs sub-committee chairman and member-secretary also greeted the Chinese oldest political party.

On the other hand, a four-member delegation of the BNP led by its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and a three-member team of the JP led by its Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu will join the summit on the day, sources said. 

Besides, delegations of left-leaning parties, including Communist Party Bangladesh (CPB), Jatiya Samjtantrik Dal (JaSad), Samyabadi Dal and Workers Party of Bangladesh, will also took part in the summit.  CPB President Mujahidul Islam Selim, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, Samyabadi Dal General Secretary Dilip Barua and JaSaD President Hasanul Haq Inu, among others, will join the summit, said sources.

It was learnt that Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the summit from Beijing and deliver a keynote speech.

Under the theme of ‘Seeking welfare of the people: The responsibility of political parties’, the summit will be attended by more than 500 leaders of political parties and organisations from over 160 countries and regions, as well as over 10,000 political party representatives.  

Founded in July 1921 with just over 50 members, the CPC has grown into the one of the world’s largest political party with more than 95 million members.