BNP getting ready for council, says Fakhrul

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Dhaka, June 22: BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said their party is taking preparations for holding its 7th national council.“We’re preparing for our next council, and we’ve already started our activities, including reorganising our district units, for it,” he said.

Fakhrul came up with the disclosure while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with party’s two newly-appointed standing committee members — Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku.

He said Selima and Tuku have been made BNP standing committee members to fill the vacant posts in the party’s highest policymaking body. “They’ve been appointed as per our constitutions recognising their contributions to party for a long time. They also have a positive image among people.”

After over three years of the party national council, BNP on Wednesday announced that Selima and Tuku were appointed its standing committee members.

BNP’s sixth national council was held on March 19, 2016.

As his attention was drawn to three more vacant posts in their standing committee, the BNP secretary general said they will take necessary steps to fill those in due time.

Fakhrul said placing wreaths at their party founder’s grave along with the new standing committee members, they have taken a fresh vow to intensify their movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail and ‘restore’ democracy.

He also said the government must hold a fresh election under a non-party administration so that people can elect their representatives with their votes.

The BNP leader said their party standing committee members are scheduled to hold a meeting this evening at their chairperson’s Gulshan office.