Though BNP has formed the biggest-ever 592-member committees of its standing, executive bodies and chairperson’s advisory council with a make-happy-all approach, a good number of its leaders now look unhappy, agencies report.
Some of the disappointed party leaders are thinking either to abandon their posts or becoming inactive in politics, BNP insiders said.
They said though party men usually get rejuvenated after the announcement of the new committees, and bring out processions across the country and throng their party office, this time it has gone counter to the expectation as many leaders voicing their frustration in one way or the other for not being there in the committees.
Hours after the announcement of the party committees on Saturday noon, newly made party vice chairman Mosaddek Ali Falu quit it on ‘personal’ ground while its assistant publicity affairs secretary Shamimur Rahman Shamim also sent a letter to the party secretary seeking relief from his new post out of displeasure.
Talking to UNB, a good number of BNP leaders said around 30 senior and mid-ranking party leaders are planning either to distance from the party or resign from their current posts.
BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman’s name is among the lot. Many party leaders said Noman should have been made a standing committee member considering his leadership quality and contributions to the party. Still, there are two posts vacant in the standing committee.
Apart from Noman, they said party standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman, vice chairmen Sadek Hossain Khoka, Hafizuddin Ahmed, Selima Rahman, Abdul Awal Mintoo, Mohammed Shahjahan, chairperson’s advisers Amanullah Aman, Golam Akbar Khandaker, Mizanur Rahman Minu, Abul Khayer Bhuiyan, Joynal Abedian Farroque, Abdus Salam and secretary Asaduzzaman Ripon are among those who are highly dissatisfied over their positions in the party. Though Mahbub’s position was above Jamiruddin Sircar and Tariqul Islam in the previous standing committee, he has been degraded this time.
Besides, ex-international affairs secretary Nazimuddin Alam and ex-assistant office secretary Abdul Latif Jony have also got aggrieved as they are now only made party executive committee members.
Party female leaders Shirin Sultana, Rehana Akter Ranu, Nilufar Chowdhury Moni and Syeda Asifa Ashrafi Papiya, have also become upset as they have not given their ‘deserving’ posts.
Amid the resentment among the party leaders, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday hinted that there is no chance for bringing any change in the new body.
Contacted, Abdullah Al Noman said he has got utterly frustrated as he was not given any promotion in the new committees. “I was not evaluated the way I was supposed to be.”
He said when his followers and activists have got the berth in the standing committee, he has been left out. “Many of my supporters and followers have got disappointed over the party decision and suggested me to quit. I also don’t have any desire to stay in the current post. But’ I still didn’t finalise my decision to this end.”
Mahbub declined to make any comment over the degradation of his position in the standing committee, but said the committees could have been better. “I think those have sacrificed and still ready to do so should have been given more places in the party.”
A leader close to Joynal Abedian Farroque said though Farroque has contributions to the party and was brutally tortured by police for the party, but he has not been evaluated accordingly. “The party has apparently prompted him to be inactive by making him chairperson’s adviser.”
Followers of Sadek Hossain Khoka, Amanullah Aman, Mizanur Rahman Minu, also shared the same views. Nilufar Chodhury Moni said, “It’s not a big deal which post I have given. But, I feel disgraced when my very junior ones have been made my seniors.”
Leaders loyal to Golam Akbar Khandaker said he is likely to resign from his post of chairperson’s advisers very soon. Earlier on Saturday, the party announced its 502-member executive and standing 19-member standing committee and 73-member chairperson’s advisory council nearly four and a half months after its national council held on March 19.
In the face of strong displeasure by party men over the newly formed BNP committees, BNP standing committee members — Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Nazrul Islam Khan and secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir — met Khaleda on Sunday night over the issue, said a leader close to Khaleda.
Khaleda assured them of consulting the party’s senior leaders over the formation of different committees in the future to avoid controversy. But she said she is not ready to bring any change in the new committees.