Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday started a series of meetings of the party leaders to make its course of action ahead of the next parliament election.
As part of the three-day long meeting, party's vice-chairmen and advisers participated in a closed-door meeting at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital on the first day. BNP Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman virtually joined the programme from London.
BNP sources said the meeting was called to review the overall political situation in the country and seek views of leaders on what they should do to realise their demand for holding the next parliament election under an election time non-party administration.
Tarique Rahman is taking opinion of the party leaders to determine the tasks of the party in the current situation and consider strategy to make the party more active at the field level, the sources added.
After taking charge as the party’s acting chairman, it is the first formal meeting of Tarique Rahman with the party’s central leaders.
Besides, the party's acting chairman will sit with senior joint secretaries general, organising secretaries, secretaries and assistant secretaries on Wednesday, and with central leaders of BNP's front and associated bodies on Thursday, party sources said.
After the party’s 6th council session held in 2016, the party had formed a jumbo size 502-member committee including 35 vice chairmen and 75 members of the party chairperson’s advisory council.
However, talking to the Daily Sun on Sunday, Syed Emran Saleh Prince, organising secretary of BNP, said BNP will hold its national executive committee meeting on September 14-16. The meeting agenda includes organisational condition of the party and the next parliament election, he said.
“According to my personal opinion, there will be no benefit by participating in the next general election if it is held under the current Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) and her government,” BNP standing committee member Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku told the Daily Sun.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday at a programme at the Jatiya Press Club said the next general election must be held under a neutral government.
The party is now gripped by manifold problems, including organisational crisis, lack of leadership and internal conflict as the BNP had held its sixth national council session on March 19 in 2016.
Later, the BNP held meeting of its National Executive Committee with its chairperson Khaleda Zia in the chair in February, 2018, after facing the debacle in 11th parliament election held in December 30, 2018.
The BNP could not hold its 7th national council session yet despite expiry of its tenure around 30 months back as Khaleda Zia is now out of politics and Tarique Rahman has been running the party virtually staying abroad. The party charter said there is an obligation to hold its council every three years.