BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night held the final meeting of the current Standing Committee to finalise the party’s secretary general post and the job responsibility of her son, Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman.
The meeting was also set to finalise a set of proposals for the party’s charter amendment and various organisational decisions.
The high-profile meeting began at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office at 9:15pm with Khaleda Zia in the chair. The meeting was under way while filing of the report at 12:30am.
“It is the last meeting of the current Standing Committee,” said acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Meeting sources said that Fakhrul was likely to be made the secretary general of the party.
Replying to a query, Fakhrul earlier said: “The Standing Committee meeting will approve various proposals for the party’s charter amendment and work out different decisions and guidelines for making the council a success.”
The proposals include creating a post of party additional secretary general abolishing the post of senior joint secretary general, increasing the number of Standing Committee members from 19 to 21 while the number of vice-chairpersons’ posts from 16 to 20, the number of joint secretaries from seven to nine and the number of organising secretaries from seven to 11 and creating 11 more new posts for assistant organising secretaries.
Further proposals include creating a 15-member party advisory council, ensuring “one leader one post,” forming Jubo Mahila Dal as a party associate body, recognising Trinomool Dal and Muktijoddha Projonmo Dal as party associate bodies, specifying the responsibility of party senior vice-chairman and party’s stance against militancy and violence against minority communities.
A senior leader, seeking anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune that Mirza Fakhrul would be the secretary general. “The decision will be finalised today [last night] as the decision should have to be approved on the council day.”
The party is scheduled to hold its national council tomorrow at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka. Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman have already been elected uncontested as chairperson and senior vice-chairman respectively.
Another Standing Committee member, wishing not to be named, said there would be some changes in the party’s organisational structures.
He said posts could be increased in organising secretaries, joint secretary generals and some secretaries.
The BNP leader also said advisory council of the party might be reshuffled.
Syrul Kabir Khan, an official of BNP chairperson’s media wing, said that some important and crucial decisions would be made in the Standing Committee meeting.