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Bangladesh: Practice of Democracy within the Parties August 20, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, POLITICS.
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AL Council Meeting 2009After massive defeat in the General Election of 29th December, 2008 under the supervisionof the caretaker Government, BNP after initial mental shock, started to reorganise their party at different level. Accordingly leaders of BNP toured the country and try to reorganise the party but the ultimate result is not encouraging. The committee that are ultimately formed were not based on the recommendations of the grassroot workers but it was dictated by the top level leader of the party, even it was said that the ultimate decision was sometime what dictated by the Tareq Zia from abroad. Ultimately at different places resentment was expressed by the workers against the committees formed by the central leaders.

On the other hand it is good that AL had convened their National Council on 25th of July 2009, within the time set by the Election Commission. Hundreds of councillors from the different parts of the country represented the party in the central meeting. But one couldn’t be sure whether the councillors were elected by grassroot workers or mere selected by the party top leaders. The meeting unanimouly voted Sk Hasina for the Preident of the party for the next 6 years and Syed Ashraful Islam for the General Secretary of the party for the next 3 years. When it was expected that the central working committee of the party would be formed by the meeting, but the responsibilty was thrusted by the meeting to the President and General Secretary of the Party in the same tradition of the earlier years to pick up the members. The participants of the meeting otherwise enjoyed the meeting.

People waited for days before the Central Committee were formed and people informed of the composition of the central commitee of the party as the newly elected General Secretary reported the committee on behalf of Sk. Hasina, the President of the Party. The Committee comprises of 71 members with 13 members of the presidium, 1 treasurer, 3 joint secretaries, 7 organising secretaries and 20 departmental secreatiries. The most remarkable development is that the socalled pro-reform leaders were left out of the Central Committee.

BNP predicted their inabilty to organise the party council by July and appeal to the Election Commission to extend the time for more six month. The Election Commission later extended the time amid the uncertainity of the state. But the failure on the part of BNP to organise the Council in the scheduled time is obvious.

We hope that the major parties will practice democracy more in their own parties to produce the leadership to fulfil the dreams of themselves and of the people.

An ordinary citizen

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