The BNP yesterday announced that its chairperson Khaleda Zia will soon announce the party’s full executive committee.
“Our council has given madam [Khaleda] responsibility to form a full-fledged executive committee and she will announce it soon,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
At the BNP’s sixth national council on March 19, party councillors endorsed Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman as party chairperson and senior vice chairman, respectively, and empowered Khaleda to pick the other office-bearers and members of its national executive and standing committees.
Replying to a question, Fakhrul said party councillors had adopted a policy of “one leader, one post” to avoid the duplication of roles. Those currently holding more than one post will be asked to relinquish their extra positions, he said.
“But our chairperson has the authority to give a leader more than one post for a temporary period in case of emergency,” he added.
Speaking at the press conference, BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan informed reporters about various proposals passed by the council to amend its charter.
Apart from the one leader, one post proposal, he said councillors had also approved proposals to form sub-committees on different sectors, including finance, health, education, foreign policy, climate change, the environment, power and energy, women and children, and minority affairs. He said it was proposed that the number of vice chairmen be increased from 17 to 35.
The councillors also approved a proposal empowering Khaleda to appoint as many people to her council of advisers as she wants.
The council also passed a proposal allowing the senior vice chairman to perform all of the responsibilities of the chairperson in her absence.
Nazrul also said an amendment was passed to ensure that at least 10 of all committees at all levels of the party are women. “We will gradually increase the number to reach our target of 33% membership of women in committees by 2020.