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Will consult senior leaders in future

Published on: 7:11 pm - Tuesday | August 9, 2016


BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has assured some senior party leaders that she would consult with top leaders about forming different committees in future to avoid controversy.

She gave the assurance to four senior leaders on Sunday night when they met her at her Gulshan office.

Meanwhile, several senior BNP leaders, including Abdullah Al Noman and Golam Akbar Khandaker, are likely to quit their posts as they think their role in the party was not evaluated properly.

The Daily Star came to know that over 20 senior and mid-ranking BNP leaders were thinking of becoming inactive in the party and resigning their posts.

The party on Saturday declared the 502-strong national executive committee. Noman’s name was widely discussed within the party as a probable standing committee member. But his position remained unchanged in the new committee as vice-chairman.

Noman yesterday told this newspaper that he was feeling humiliated. “I am thinking about quitting the post. I will soon inform the media about my final decision,” he added.

Hours after the announcement of the new committee, Mosaddek Ali Falu and Shamimur Rahman resigned from their posts as vice-chairman and assistant publicity secretary.

In the wake of strong criticism and grievances about the newly formed BNP central committee, party standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Nazrul Islam Khan and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called on Khaleda.

The BNP chief informed them that she would soon sit with the new committee members in phases to address their grievances.

Khaleda further said she sees no chance for bringing changes to the new committee. She added that she would include “deprived party men” in different sub-committees, a senior BNP leader who was present at the meeting told The Daily Star.

Another BNP standing committee member said he asked the party chief why she alone took the huge responsibility of forming the committee which is a very complicated job.

“The party councillors during the central council had empowered you [Khaleda Zia] to form the committee. But there was no bar to you consulting us.

We know the final decision about the new committee would have been made in line with your suggestions. But we could at least tell the media that madam had discussed the new committee with us,” the BNP leader told The Daily Star as saying to Khaleda.


BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday hinted that there is no chance for bringing changes to the new committee.

Talking to reporters at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he said: “Leaders who consider themselves deprived of posts should wait until the party’s next national council.”

He called upon party colleagues to have patience as many leaders would be included in different sub-committees of BNP.

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