The Dhaka Metropolitan BNP is being organized keeping in mind the movement and struggle of the coming days. New leadership is being chosen in these two important units of the party which is divided into two parts. Relatively young and acceptable leaders are being selected in the Metropolitan South Committee.
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The leadership has already been picked. New committees may be announced at any time. The convening committee will be formed first. This committee will be given a deadline to form a full committee.
Several BNP policymakers said that the Dhaka Metropolitan BNP has repeatedly failed in the past. The metropolis was divided into two to bring momentum to the team. But even then the leaders could not show the expected skills. In the last two city corporation elections in Dhaka, the organizational capacity of the metropolitan BNP was questioned. So the high command wants to decorate the Dhaka metropolis.
Dhaka South is an important unit of the team. The new leadership has been chosen to keep in mind the struggle on the streets. In this case, relatively young and former popular student leaders are being brought to the top positions. A member of the BNP standing committee was given the responsibility to find the leadership. He sent a list of those qualified to lead the North and South to the acting chairman of the party. Besides, the acting chairman has also inquired from himself. The committee has been finalized after checking and sorting everything.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the party was in the process of restructuring across the country. As part of this, the Dhaka Metropolitan BNP committee will also be reconstituted. Organizationally, Dhaka is very important for the metropolitan team. A committee will be formed after considering everything.
According to sources, the committee has already been prepared with BNP chairperson’s advisor and former Daksu VP Amanullah Aman as the convener and Juba Dal South president Rafiqul Alam Majnu as the member secretary. But has not yet been approved. However, three influential members of the party’s National Standing Committee and most of the metropolitan leaders are opposed to keeping Aman. They want the current president Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohail as the convener.
Another party wants engineer Ishraq Hossain, son of late former mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka, as member secretary. The Aman-Majnu committee was supposed to sign on Friday night but it did not happen. This is not happening as Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir went to Singapore for treatment on Saturday. Anytime he returns to the country, the Metropolitan North and South Committees may be announced at the same time.
The last committee was formed on April 18, 2017, by dividing the metropolitan BNP into two. The party’s joint secretary general Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohail was announced as the president of the south, and Kazi Abul Bashar as the general secretary. According to the constitution, the term of the committee has expired long ago as two years have passed. At the time of the announcement of the partial committee of Dhaka Metropolitan North and South BNP, a period of one month was fixed by the Center to complete it. But it was not possible at the end of the term.
There is no public quarrel in the committee of Dhaka Metropolitan South BNP. President Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohail and general secretary Kazi Abul Bashar were seen on the party’s agenda, but not many of the 70-member committee. Several leaders in the south said that Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohail was in danger. He is trying to strengthen the team organizationally. But several local leaders are not cooperating with him in the party’s activities. That is why all the responsibility of failure is now falling on him.
However, sources said, the high command of the party is satisfied with Sohail’s activities. He was given the responsibility of the metropolitan south from the president of the volunteer group. Despite being the party’s joint secretary general, Sohail was made president of the South to boost the organization. But due to the non-cooperation of party leaders, he could not strengthen the organization.
A large section of the party has verbally recommended to the High Command to appoint Engineer Ishraq Hossain, son of the late former mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka, as Member Secretary of the Metropolitan South. The grassroots popular young leader came to discuss the city elections. Party sources have confirmed that the committee will be announced soon after BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir returns home.