Jamaat to change name

Jamaat to change name


Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami probably coming up with a new identity, Bangladesh Development Party (BDP) as its new name.However, the party will secretly have the organisational structure of Jamaat. Jamaat leaders aging 60 or above will not be included in the new party.Jamaat sources said the party policymakers have almost finalised the decision of forming the new party considering that soon Jamaat might be banned. The field-level leaders of Jamaat have already started talking about the new party BDP in different organisational unit meetings.Jamaat sources said the party also selected two possible top leaders of the new party along with organising it. The current acting secretary general of Jamaat Shafiqur Rahman might be the president of the new party.

He is a physician aging nearly 60. Former Jamaat MP and also central executive committee member Hamidur Rahman Azad is expected to be the general secretary of the new party. The other posts are being distributed among the leaders, sources added.A number of other sources of the party said, if Shafiqur Rahman becomes BDP president, the Dhaka city Jamaat Ameer Rafiqul Islam Khan will be appointed as Jamaat secretary general. Both are almost the same age. Though, it is not clear why he has been kept as the Jamaat secretary general.A frontline Jamaat leader seeking anonymity said the party policy makers are forming the new party fearing ban on Jamaat for being a party of war criminals. However, the main party Jamaat will not be dissolved. The new party will have the authority and influence of Jamaat. Keeping this in mind, Rafiqul Islam Khan will be kept in the important post of Jamaat, said the Jamaat leader.


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