BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is firm on implementing the ‘one leader, one post’ policy although the senior leaders of the party are facing challenges to executing the policy.
After the national council of BNP, which was held on March 19, the party’s chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has announced names for some key positions of the party including secretary general, senior joint secretary general, joint secretary general, organising secretary and treasurer. BNP is yet to announce standing committee, national executive committee and advisory council.
In a recent meeting with the BNP leaders, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the party, asked the leaders, who are holding more than one post, to keep a position and give up others. “It is an order from the chairperson,” Fakhrul said.
Leaders are inclining to keep their local posts rather than getting a position in the central committee, sources said. They think that if a leader holds a post in the central committee and cannot spend enough time in your local area he/she loses grip on local constituency. Even leaders who have been offered posts in the central committee are busy to ensure their local posts, sources said. The BNP chairperson is not paying any attention to their demand.
Disagreeing with the ‘one leader, one post’ policy, newly elected joint secretary general and president of Barisal city Mujibur Rahman Sarwar said for the interest of the party it should not be right to resign from the post of Barisal city president and retain the central post.
“It will be harmful for the party. I am needed in both the places. The ‘one leader, one post’ policy is good for flourishing leadership but it will take some time to develop new leadership in big cities,” he said.
BNP Rajbari district chairperson Ali Newaj Mahmud Khoiyam has been appointed as co-organising secretary in the recently announced central committee. But he wants to hold on to the position in the district level. He has submitted a written application to the BNP chairperson requesting release from his post in the central committee.
Abul Hasem Bakkar, co-organising secretary, Chittagong, is also facing the same situation. In a written application to the chairperson he has expressed his interest to stay in Chittagong City politics. Dr. Sahadat Hossain, who recently received the responsibility of Chittagong organising secretary, has made verbal request.
BNP wants to announce the full-fledged committee before Eid-ul-Fitr, according to sources.
Many leaders think that if they lose grip on the district the chances of becoming MP will be very slim. Also junior leaders have been given the responsibility of senior positions. Senior leaders think that it is better to be in charge of a district rather than being under someone in the central committee.
Talking about the ‘one leader, one post, policy BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said: “The process has began but it is hard to implement all of a sudden. Many have assured us resigning from multiple posts. Hoping it will be resolved soon.”
“I have already resigned from Jubo Dal chairmanship and membership of Dhaka City executive committee. I have given written letter to the chairperson and secretary general. The chairperson has asked me to continue the responsibility of Jubo Dal until the new committee is formed,” BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal told the bbarta24.net recently.