BNP allies gear up for local govt polls

Rashed Ahmed Mitul | Published: 00:05, Jan 14,2019 | Updated: 00:07, Jan 14,2019

 
 

Allies of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party are busy strengthening their respective grassroots bases for facing political challenges that ensued after the December 30 parliament polls marred by ‘fraud’ and ‘flaws’.
Some parties in BNP-led 20-party alliance have engaged in revamping the grassroots keeping an eye on the upcoming upazila parishad polls out of a feeling of deprivation by the leading party in sharing seats in the latest parliament poll.
Moreover, they felt ignored when more importance was given to Jatiya Oikya Front, leaders of BNP-led alliance have said.
Bangladesh Kalyan Party, a component of BNP-led alliance, has decided to start countrywide organisational tours from January 15 to gear up organisational activities across the country.
Its secretary general MM Aminur Rahman on Sunday told New Age that one of the main objectives of the tours was to gear up the grassroots leaders and activists ahead of the upazila parishad polls.
He said they had already started the organisational activities from Saturday through formally holding a meeting in Dhaka city expressing hope that the party leaders would go for district and upazila tours from January 15.
Aminur said Kalyan Party would form new committees in district and upazila units and new committees of the party’s front organisations.
Election Commission is planning to hold the upazila parishad poll in March.
Jatiya Ganotantrik Party’s general secretary Khandaker Lutfar Rahman said his party started communication with the grassroots to start organisational tours in each district soon.
He said JAGPA would contest the future local government elections including upazila parishad polls with the party’s symbol if fair election atmosphere prevailed.
JAGPA was dissatisfied with BNP as the leading party finally did not share any seat with JAGPA in the 11th parliament polls, the party sources said.
BNP gave primary nomination to one candidate of JAGPA founded by the late Shaiful Alam Prodhan.
Habibur Rahman Talukdar, general secretary of Krishak Sramik Janata League, a component of BNP-dominated Jatiya Oikya Front, on Sunday said his party would soon call an extended central committee meeting to decide the next course of organisational action.
He said they would have organisational tours.
Another partner of BNP-led alliance Khelafat Majlish secretary general Ahmed Abdul Kader said the party’s highest policymaking body ‘Shura’ would sit in a meeting on January 25 to decide the next course of action including constituting new committees of the party.
Gono Forum, a component of Jatiya Oikya Front, on Saturday announced that the party’s leaders would begin organisational tours in districts to strengthen the organisation as well as to intensify the movement for restoration of democracy.
The party’s central committee in a meeting also decided to hold its national council session in March 23-24 in Dhaka.
In the closed-door meeting Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain urged the party leaders to establish Gono Forum as a party of principle and strengthen its base in each district, the meeting sources said.
Gono Forum’s organising secretary Mushtaque Ahmed on Sunday said that the leaders would begin organisational tours next week.
BNP organsing secretary Syed Emran Saleh Prince said that the party’s main tasks were now to free imprisoned leaders and activists and stand beside family members of the leaders and activists killed and injured by law enforcers and the ruling party activists during the December 30 polls.
Later they would start work to reorganise the party, he said.
A day after the election, BNP claimed that more than 21,000 leaders and activists across the country were arrested in fictitious cases since announcement of the election schedule on November 8.
BNP-led alliance component Democratic League general secretary Saifuddin Ahmed Moni said his party would take individual programmes to strengthen the party.

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