The Awami League (AL) is concentrating on revamping its organisation from the central to the grassroots level in a bid to make it even stronger, while its arch-rival, the BNP, are facing difficulties in properly running its organisation. Though the AL has been in power for the last 10 years—it is now stronger than any other time—the party is still keen to make its organisation stronger. It has taken an initiative to prepare a database of its grassroots leaders in an effort to digitise the organisation.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of party president Sheikh Hasina, will hold a meeting with the office secretaries of all upazila units of the AL after Eid-ul-Fitr and give necessary instructions to party leaders to prepare the database.
On the other hand, the BNP is going through the most difficult period since its inception in 1978. Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by a lower court on February 8. Acting party chairman, Tarique Rahman, who has been staying in London since 2007, now holds supreme authority in the party.
The BNP is now divided over Tarique Rahman’s unilateral decision over joining parliament. Some influential leaders of the party, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, earlier said they would not join the House as a mark of protest against the alleged vote rigging and other irregularities in the December 30 election.
Besides, dissatisfaction is also brewing among the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance over the BNP’s decision over joining Parliament. The Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), led by its president Andaleev Rahman Partho, has already quit the alliance as five BNP MPs-elect took oath and joined Parliament.
“The BJP thinks that the BNP has lost its moral right to reject the farcical December 30 election. No one in the alliance, except the BNP, was involved in taking the decision to join Parliament,” Partho said in a written statement on Monday night.
BNP sources said many leaders and workers of the party are fed up with its high command because of random decisions taken by the party high-ups. Some central and grassroots leaders may also quit the party because of the recent developments, the sources added.
The founder of Ganashasthaya Kendra,
Zafarullah Chowdhury, said there is no doubt that the BNP is now facing various difficulties as its chairperson, Khaleda Zia, is now jail and her son, Tarique Rahman, is in London and trying to control the party. “A certain quarter in the BNP has become active against its secretary general. The party is at a critical juncture,” he added.
Meanwhile, the ruling AL has already started its organisational tour across the country to strengthen the party. As part of the party president Sheikh Hasina’s direction, AL central leaders have fanned out across the country to collect information about the latest scenario of the grassroots level.
Earlier, at a joint meeting at the party headquarters, AL president Sheikh Hasina had directed her party leaders to work for strengthening the organisation by holding councils of all grassroots units ahead of the party’s upcoming 21st national council session, which is likely to be held in October.
Party insiders say the main objectives of such tours are to strengthen the organisation at the grassroots level, forming divisional committees to observe the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and preparing a list of party leaders who contested against the party symbol and opposed party decisions during the recently held local government elections. Another objective of the tour is to minimise intra-party conflicts at the grassroots level.
AL central leaders, led by its joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, are currently visiting Khulna division. They also held an extended meeting there and learned about the party activities of the division.
AL central leader Aminul Islam Amin said: “As per our leader’s directives, central leaders are visiting different districts and collecting information about how many grassroots councils have so far been completed and how many have still been left.”
He also said they will prepare an organisational report on the latest situation at the grassroots level. The party has already formed eight teams to visit the country’s eight divisions, he added.