After a series of closed-door meetings with the party’s central and grassroots leaders, BNP policymakers on Thursday took the opinions of the leaders of different professional bodies to work out their next course of action ahead of the 12th parliamentary election.
The BNP top leaders had around a three-and-half-hours meeting with the leaders of different professions, including lawyers, doctors, engineers, agriculturalists and teachers, at party chairperson’s Gulshan office.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Selima Rahman were present at the meeting while party acting chairman Tarique Rahman joined it virtually from London.
A lawyer, who was present at the meeting, said most processional leaders urged the BNP policymakers to overhaul the party and its associate bodies as early as possible to wage an ‘effective’ movement for forcing the government to hold the next national election under a neutral government.
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He said they also suggested that BNP should maintain effective communication with other opposition parties to wage a simultaneous movement to ensure a credible election in the country. “We also urge the BNP leaders to prepare a roadmap for a movement and the next general election,” the lawyer said.
He said they warned BNP leaders that it will be meaningless to join the national election under the current government.
BNP began the series of meetings on September 14 last to know the views of party rank and file and pro-BNP professionals about the party’s next course of action ahead of the next general election.
The party had six closed-door meetings in two phases with BNP vice-chairmen, advisory council members with joint secretaries general, organising secretaries, assistant organising secretaries, secretaries, executive committee members, leaders of the party’s different associate bodies and presidents of different district units.
The party also sat with journalists and university teachers on September 29.