aside Committees miss deadline: BNP district Councils

RAFIQUL ISLAM AZAD: Not a single district committee of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will be able to hold its council session within the deadline in preparation for the party’s national council later this year or early next year, according to party insiders. The BNP issued letters to the party’s district leaders on August 9, asking them to complete their councils by September 30.

As of yesterday, only two district committees out of 75 have fixed their council dates in the first week of October, while one district has sought a schedule for holding its council any day next month, according to party sources.

According to the schedule, councils of Gaibandha and Rangamati districts will be held on October 6 and 8 respectively. Besides, Khagrachari district BNP has sought a time schedule from the central committee to hold its council at a convenient time, said a senior party leader.

He claimed that the councils of a good number of upazila (sub-district) committees in several districts, including Kurigram, Chuadanga and Bandarban, have already been completed. “But it will take more time to complete councils of district committees,” he added.

BNP joint secretary general Mohammad Shajahan yesterday admitted that though many upazila committees have already completed their councils, district committees have failed to hold their councils within the stipulated time.
“We have given more time to a number of district committees which have already started activities to form new committees by holding councils, but they are yet to complete the task, as a result of various reasons,” he said.
The BNP leader said the party might also consider extending time for more district committees, which have sought time to hold their councils on reasonable grounds.

He, however, cautioned that the central committee would take decisions on the district committees that fail to hold their councils within the stipulated time without any plausible reason.
Shajahan said the party would soon make public the number of upazila and district committees that have completed their councils.

Wadud Bhuiyan, the president of Khagrachari district, said they are prepared to hold their council.
“We have already formed fresh committees for all the nine upazila and three pourasabha units by holding councils. Now we are ready for the district council,” he added.
Bhuiyan alleged that many upazila committees faced hindrances in having their councils in their own areas. “We, however, made arrangements to hold their councils elsewhere,” he said.

[This article with my comments was published in the Daily Independent]