CONTROVERSIAL former ministers and lawmakers, dwindling organisational strength and alliance with Jamaat-e-Islami were responsible for BNP’s rout in December 29 general election, observed the party’s grassroots-level leaders yesterday. (Full report)
Besides harming the organisation’s image, many former ministers and lawmakers were behind the intra-party feuds that cost BNP dear in both parliamentary and upazila elections, they added.
The observations came at the third day’s meetings between BNP central teams and upazila level leaders.
Presidents and general secretaries of upazilas in Patuakhali, Brahmanbaria, Moulvibazar, Narail and Pabna took part in the discussions at the party’s headquarters in Naya Paltan.
Apart from airing their views on what led to the polls debacle, they briefed the central leaders about organisational state of their units.
A meeting source quoted Ashraf Ali, president of Mirzaganj upazila BNP in Patuakhali, as saying, “Teaming up with Jamaat was the main reason why we fared badly in the election. People did not take our ties to war criminals positively.”