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>BNP national standing committee (NSC) clearly ignored the party’s constitution when on Saturday through an unprecedented resolution it empowered Khaleda Zia to lead the organisation for life. Shakhawat Liton writes.
Although in the face of an avalanche of scathing criticism from all sections of the society, Khaleda yesterday ‘humbly declined’ to accept the NSC generosity, she had been the one to preside over the controversial resolution.
An NSC member told The Daily Star last night, on condition of anonymity, that the committee in its next meeting, which is supposed to be held at least once a month according to the party constitution, will either amend or scrap Saturday’s much booed resolution.
According to the party’s constitution, the chief of BNP must be elected through direct votes of the delegates of a national council for two years on the basis of a simple majority, and at the end of the tenure she or he will be eligible for re-election.
Saturday’s resolution also ignored the amended Representation of People’s Order (RPO) which says political parties willing to be registered with the Election Commission (EC) for contesting in parliamentary polls must promise to run their activities according to their constitutions. 


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