BNP revamp bid lacks coordination
Central BNP leaders split into six teams start a series of discussions with the grass roots today in efforts to revamp the party still reeling from the drubbing in December 29 general election.
However, lack of coordination between them and the high command might diminish the prospects for success of the move aimed particularly at holding a central council in June.
Party insiders said at least four teams might not be able to start work today. As of filing this report at 9:00pm, they did not receive any guidelines from the high command.
Speaking in return for anonymity, some leaders said they have learned it from the media that they are part of the teams.
“None of decision-makers bothered to inform me about the plans,” BNP Joint Secretary General Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, who has been given the charge of Chittagong division.
“I should have been consulted before being given any responsibility. Why an office secretary should let me know about my role?” he told The Daily Star last night.
Another joint secretary general, Abdullah Al Noman, who has been made head of the committee for Dhaka division, told The Daily Star that his team will meet the thana BNP leaders from Sherpur district at 4:00pm today.
Mirza Abbas, who leads the team for Rajshahi division, said his team will have talks with thana leaders of Sirajganj district today. The meeting will start at 10:30am at BNP central office in Naya Paltan.
Discussions between the central teams and thana-level leaders from Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal divisions might begin tomorrow as the teams concerned will sit today to draw up their schedules.
“We will start meeting the grassroots level leaders tomorrow,” Shamsuzzaman Dudu, a member of the committee for Sylhet division, told The Daily Star last night.
Selima Rahman, leader of Khulna division team, said they will sit today to finalise the schedule for meetings that might get underway tomorrow.
Barisal team chief Prof MA Mannan said, “We are meeting at the party headquarters at 11:00am today. There, we'll prepare a schedule for talks with the district and thana level leaders.”
Earlier on Sunday night, national standing committee, highest policy-making body in BNP, formed the committees for dialogue with thana or upazila level leaders. It gave the teams less than a month to come up with reports.
According to previous announcement, the standing committee will convene tomorrow to discuss the issue with Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the chair.