On the 15 February 2013 the Bangladesh Krishok Federation and Bangladesh Kishani Sabha Barisal District Conference was held in Barisal city. BKF's general secretary Abdul Mannan Azad and BKS' acting general secretary Shipra Rani were present as chief guests at the conference. At the conference the15 member new Barisal district committee was formed. The new district committee vowed to strengthen the land occupation movement in Barisal. After the conference a rally was held in Barisal city.
On the afternoon of February 15, 2013 the 1st Dhaka City Conference of Bangladesh Krishok Federation took place. The 101 new committee members elected Pathak Lal Golder president while Mohiuddin Howlader Mohin was elected secretary.
The conference was presided over by Jakir Hossain, and BKF central president Badrul Alam was the chief guest. In the conference leaders of BKF discussed how important the Dhaka city committee will be. They said that in Dhaka we have millions of people who are closely related with agriculture and their home village. In the peak agricultural seasons like the planting and harvesting of paddy, those people are going to their villages and after that work is finished, they are coming back to Dhaka. We have also many people who are not working as farmers but they are thinking lots about peasants and rural Bangladesh and also want to work with peasants' rights. They have a peasant background. We are targeting those city peasants for BKF work in Dhaka. The leaders also said that as a capital city Dhaka is really important to react to issues, and publically protest or show support to a rural movement in a timely manner. Previously when issues arose, we made a plan and then people came from the village to Dhaka and attended the program (e.g. a protest). But we think from now on, the Dhaka city committee can quickly organize a relevant program in Dhaka themselves.
The new Dhaka city committee hope that they can make a strong BKF base in Dhaka soon. From that base, it will also be possible to build up further BKF bases around the country.
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On 08 February 2013 BKF organized a meeting in its Dhaka central office for forthcoming Dhaka City Conference. People who are active with BKF works and living in Dhaka city attended in the meeting. Meeting decided that 15 February 1st Dhaka city conference will try to include all pro BKF people in the city committee.
Pathak Lal Golder