Dhaka, Mar 19: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday has unveiled her party’s Vision-2030 to turn Bangladesh into a higher middle income country by 2030 if her party comes to power.
She again urged the government for dialogue to solve the crisis including for holding a free, fair and credible election in the country.
She was addressing the inaugural session of the party’s sixth national council at Institution of Engineers` Bangladesh on Saturday noon.
At the very beginning of her speech, Khaleda recalled the outstanding contributions of the country’s great national leaders Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque, Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to make the country independent.
She also said creative and effective initiatives would be taken to take the economic growth rate in double digit.
Khaleda said her party has finalised a draft of Vision 2030 which will be okayed in the council.
She also said the next election manifesto would be prepared on the basis of the Vision 2030.
Stating that her party does not believe in one day`s democracy, the former premier said, “BNP wants to emphasise public expectations.”
She also said democracy and development are supplementary to each other, not an alternative.
Earlier, Khaleda Zia inaugurated the party’s sixth national council at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh at Dhaka’s Ramna at around 11:30am on Sunday by hoisting the national flag and releasing balloons.
Khaleda and her son Tarique Rahman have already been elected chairperson and senior vice-chairman uncontested.
The party positions will be formally announced at the end of the council, which is being held three years behind schedule and six years after the last one.
After a heavy downpour early on Saturday unsettled the buntings at the site, party leaders supervised the redo efforts later.
Khaleda’s white SUV entered the venue at around 10:45am with scores of leaders and activists who came from all across Bangladesh to welcome her.
After the inauguration and speeches from several top leaders and foreign delegates, the council proceedings went into a break for the Zuhr prayers and lunch.
The closed-door main session, where the elections of the new committees are due, began in the afternoon.
They included Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee members Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mahbubur Rahman, Tariqul Islam, ASM Hannan Shah, Jamiruddin Sircar, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Gayeshwar Chandra Raoy and Nazrul Islam Khan.
A 42-inch television was set up on the stage’s for Tarique Rahman, who joined the council through video conferencing from London.
Veteran lawyer barrister Rafique-Ul Haque, former Dhaka University vice-chancellor Prof Emajuddin Ahamed, Prof AFM Yusuf Haider, Prof Mahbubullah, Zafrullah Chowdhury, journalists Shafik Rehman, Mahfuzullah and Prof Sukomol Barua were seen in the guest rows among others.
Many foreign delegates stationed in Dhaka, including those from the US, the UK, Pakistan, India, Russia and Kuwait, also joined the council.
BNP leaders and activists from around the country had started gathering at the venue – the Institution of Engineers and a part of Suhrawardy Udyan – from Saturday morning.
The party has managed seats for 3,000 councillors, 45,000 delegates and 16,000 guests.
Apart from choosing the new committees, some amendments to the party constitution will also be placed before the council for approval.
It is not represented in the Parliament after boycotting the 10th parliamentary elections.
The party held its fifth National Council on Dec 8, 2009, at Bangabandhu International Conference Central.
Khaleda Zia, who took over the reins of party leadership without any contest three decades ago, is now facing a challenge to revitalise the party.