The party's secretary general has said they will discuss the Standing Committee at Saturday's meeting
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said the party is preparing for its seventh National Council, with organizational and rehabilitation activities already having started at the district level.
He made the statement after paying tribute at the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, with the two newly-promoted Standing Committee members—Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku—around 11am on Saturday.
The sixth National Council of BNP occurred on March 19, 2016, and the terms of the central committee expired in March, 2019.
Fakhrul added that Khaleda Zia has been illegally imprisoned, undemocratically.
“We will gear up our protests for her release and elect the people’s representative through a fair election,” he added.
When asked about the empty seats in the Standing Committee, Fakhrul replied: “Proper measures will be taken in due time.
“A discussion on the Standing Committee will be held at the chairperson’s office in Gulshan, around 6pm on Saturday."
Newly-elected Standing Committee member, Selima Rahman, said: “Our biggest challenge is to have Khaleda Zia released. We need to take proper measures in order to free her.
“If she is freed and returns through an election, democracy and good governance will be re-established in the country.”
Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku said: “We have joined the party in the transition period when our Chairperson Khaleda Zia is in jail, and Tarique Rahman is abroad.
“With our experience in this situation, we will start the protest to free our leader and re-establish democracy.”
Fakhrul was accompanied by Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam, advisor to chairperson and council member Habibur Rahman Habib, Joint Secretary General Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, and Organizational Secretary Shama Obaid.