Vol. 4 Num 237 Sat. January 24, 2004  
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BNP's lower-tier body formation
Deadline extended for sixth time

The deadline for the formation of the lower-tier committees of the BNP has been extended once again.

The seven secretaries-general who have been given the division-wise responsibility for formation of committees made little progress as most are busy with state affairs, highly placed sources said.

They said the BNP started extending the deadline for one month to thana and district committees from August last year. But few committees could be formed despite extension of deadlines at least half a dozen times.

Committees in 75 districts were supposed to be formed by August 31 last year, but by now about 30 district committees and 50 percent of the thana units have been formed. Currently, the deadline to form the remaining committees is by January 30.

However, BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan gave a fresh deadline through a formal letter to all district units to complete their councils and form committees by February.

Besides, he asked all local leaders to strengthen organisational activities at the union level and hold political programmes regularly to mobilise support against the opposition Awami League's hartal and other anti-government programmes.

The BNP has so far formed new central committees of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Juba Dal and Sramik Dal, but there has been no development regarding formation of committees in the remaining front organisations -- Jasas, Krishak Dal, Mahila Dal, Muktijoddha Dal, Tanti Dal, Ulema Dal, Matshyajibi Dal and Secchashebak Dal.

The BNP sources claimed the process to form committees of the remaining front organisations is on and young leadership is expected to take over these bodies soon.