BNP policymakers have now decided to sit with their grassroots leaders after holding three closed-door meetings with central leaders to work out the party’s next course of action ahead of the 12th parliamentary election.
The decision was taken at the party’s standing committee meeting held on Saturday, said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he said the series of meetings with the grassroots leaders will begin on Tuesday next and continue for three consecutive days.
“We exchanged views with the members of our party’s national executive committee on September 14th, 15th and 16th. Our standing committee meeting yesterday (Saturday) decided to hold meetings with the remaining executive committee members on September 21, 22 and 23,” Fakhrul said.
He said the presidents of their party’s all district committees will be present in the meetings as they are the national executive committee members as ex-officio.
Earlier, the BNP policymakers had closed-door meetings with party vice-chairmen, advisory council members on Tuesday, with joint secretaries general, organising secretaries, assistant organising secretaries and secretaries on Wednesday and with the top leaders of the party’s different associate bodies on Thursday last.
The meetings were held as part of the party’s planned series of meetings with BNP rank and file to know their views about the party’s next course of action ahead of the next general election.
BNP formed a 502-member national executive committee through its sixth national council on March 19, 2016.
Fakhrul said they will inform the media about the outcomes of the meetings once those are concluded. “We’ll also let you know our next course of action and strategy.”
In the three closed-door meetings, he said BNP senior and mid-level leaders discussed the current political situation in the country and the party's organisational issues. “They also talked about a wide range of issues, including the government’s efforts to establish a one-party rule, repression on the opposition leaders and activists, false and fictitious cases and Khaleda Zia’s release.”
The BNP leader said their party’s organisational activities have been going on in full swing. “Most of our committees have started the overhauling process. The work on reorganising our associate bodies has also long been going on… we couldn’t hold the councils in different areas due to the Corona epidemic.”
He said they have a plan to hold councils in some districts within a short time.