Dhaka – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia sat with her party’s standing committee members tonight (Thursday night) to finalise a set of proposals for the party’s charter amendment and various organisational decisions.
The proposals were made by party’s different units and leaders ahead of BNP’s sixth national council to be held on March 19.
The meeting began at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office at 9:15pm with Khaleda in the chair.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters around 9:30pm, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said this is the last meeting of the current standing committee formed on December 8, 2009.
He said at the beginning of the meeting, the standing committee members were apprised about the preparation for the party’s national council. “They’re now discussing various proposals for party’s charter amendment.”
Fakhrul said the proposals those will get the meeting’s approval will be placed in the national council on Saturday for the approval of councillors.
BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman said the party policy makers will asses the proposals at their meeting, and approve those are suitable for placing for the session of the party councillors. “If the councillors pass those proposals, our constitution will be amended for incorporating those.”
Earlier on January 23, Khaleda had a meeting with the BNP policymakers where they decided to hold the council on March 19. BNP’s fifth national council was held on December 8, 2009.
The party will hold its inaugural session at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will inaugurate it at 10am. But it is planning to hold its closed-door meeting of the council session at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in Gulistan to accommodate its nearly 2,850 councillors.
Party sources said a sub-committee on constitution amendment has already finalised a draft of nearly 50 proposals for the constitution amendment and submitted those to the chief of drafting sub-committee for placing those at the meeting of party standing committee members for approval.
A party standing committee member preferring anonymity said there is a proposal for forming 17 sub-committees on different sectors, including finance, health, education, foreign, law and order, agriculture, environment, power and energy, information and communication technology (ICT), local government, and women and minorities affairs, in the executive committee.
There is another major proposal for creating a post of party additional secretary general abolishing the post of senior joint secretary general.
Some other proposals include increasing the number of BNP standing committee members from 19 to 21 while the number of vice-chairpersons’ posts from 16 to 20, the number of joint secretaries from seven to 9 and the number of organising secretaries from seven 7 to 11 and creating 11 more new posts for assistant organising secretaries, creating a 15-member party advisory council, ensuring ‘one leader one post’, forming Jubo Mohila Dal as a party associate body, recognising Trinomool Dal and Muktijoddha Projonmo Dal as party associate bodies, specifying the responsibility of party senior vice chairman and party’s stance against militancy and violence against minority communities. – UNB