Bangladesh Nationalist Party grassroots leaders have suggested taking preparations for movement and general elections giving top priority to the release of jailed party chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The field-level leaders also suggested that party needed to make a decision about its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami for the latter’s role in Sylhet city polls and other local government elections fielding candidates against BNP candidates.
District units leaders, in two-day group-wise meetings with BNP standing committee on Friday and Saturday made the suggestions, grassroots leaders said.
District leaders from Chittagong, Sylhet and Comilla divisions sat with the BNP standing committee at Khaleda’s Gulshan office in Dhaka at 9:30am on Saturday while district leaders from Dhaka, Mymensingh and Faridpur divisions sat for the meeting at 3:00pm.
On Friday, the policymakers held meeting with district leaders from Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barisal divisions.
The district leaders said that the common suggestion from them was that Khaleda had to be freed from jail first while preparations for effective movement and next general elections should also continue.
They also suggested immediate mending of organisational weakness in various districts, giving them full-fledged committees where replacing the partial ones and new committees replacing expired ones, meeting sources said.
A number of district leaders expressed disappointment at the announcement of new committees of front and associate bodies without consulting district leaders, said Sunamganj leader.
Sylhet divisional organising secretary Sawkhat Hossain Jibon said that the district leaders focused on Khaleda’s release alongside preparation for movement and elections strengthening the organisation.
The policymakers took note of the suggestions to discuss those in the party’s other forums to make a decision on next course of action, the sources said.
The issue of current student movement for road safety came when it was stated that BNP extended support to the movement and there is no question of conspiracy by the party, said a divisional organising secretary.
The matter of forging greater unity with political parties outside BNP-led alliance was came in the meeting like on Friday, the sources said.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the grassroots leaders that the central leaders were was working seriously for forging unity with other political parties, said a district leader.
On Friday, many grassroots leaders suggested for forming a greater unity with political parties including left parties without Jamaat-e-Islami if necessary.
A total of around 150 district leaders delivered their opinions in two-day meetings, the sources said.
At the instruction of acting BNP chairman Tarique Rahman the meetings with grassroots leaders were convened to seek their opinion about next course of action.
President, vice-president, general secretary, joint secretary and organising secretary from each organisational district of its 78 organisational districts participated in the meetings.
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