Upcoming Council Session

AL controversial leaders in fear

Shawkat Ali Khan and Anaet Shawon

19 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Central leaders of the ruling Awami League have been passing a busy time to get a better post in the party in the upcoming 21st triennial council session slated for December where only men of integrity and honesty would be considered.

Party insiders said major posts would go to those who have a proven track record as a “corrective-drive” in the party would go on until December 10 as part of its effort to identify the troublemakers who have been involved in alleged extortion, tender manipulation, nepotism and illicit relations with the drug peddlers.

Terming them as “weeds,” they say that party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will not spare those who would be found involved in misdeeds.

Sources say that the party would find those leaders who have created intra-party clash for personal interest, intruders, dissidents and those who do not have relations with the grassroots.

During a recent meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee, Sheikh Hasina expressed her anger on some leaders for their alleged involvement with extortion and other misdeeds.

Expressing dismay, she said the way her government controlled the acts of militancy, she would contain the acts of violent activities.

“Many become rich as the party has been in office for the last 10 years. Many are carrying out violent activities. If they do not stop such practice, my government will contain them the way the acts of militancy controlled,” said a leader quoting the premier as saying.

Talking to daily sun, central leaders said that some of leaders of the incumbent committee may be excluded from the central body while some new faces may be inducted in the party to revamp the organizational activities.

Awami League presidium member Faruk Khan,MP, told daily sun that many leaders would try to get the party’s general secretary post.“We are yet to know the names of the aspirants as the party has just fixed the date for the council session couple of days ago,” he said.

When asked whether there was any possibility of major changes in the central committee, Khan said Awami League always formed a committee with a combination of youth and senior leaders for that purpose.

“So, there might be a chance of bringing changes in the central body to revamp the organizational activities,” he said.

 Some central leaders say that senior leaders are putting their best effort for the post of the general secretary.

“Some incumbent central leaders may be dropped from the 81-member central body while some will be promoted,” said a central leader.

The aspirants are attending the party programmes on a regular basis to draw the attention of Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, who has been leading the party since 1981.

Under her dynamic leadership, the party first assumed office in 1996, 21 years after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

She has also led the party in assuming office for the third consecutive term since the 2008 elecvtions.

As the time is flying fast for the council session, the discussion over the post of general secretary has been taken the central stage due to health condition of the incumbent general secretary Obaidul Quader.

Quader suffered a massive heart attack on March 3 and returned home on May 15 after receiving treatment for 72 days.

Though he is quite fiyt now, insiders say that the party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may relieve him on health grounds.

Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Quader said that he may not contest for the general secretary post.

“If the party president wants me in the post, only then I may contest for the post,” he said, adding that he would welcome whoever succeeds him.

A number of senior leaders, including Abdur Razzaque, Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Hasan Mahmud and Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury have been working hard in the party to become the general secretary.

Insiders say that four central leaders, who have not given the party ticket to contest the last parliamentary polls, may get important posts in the party through the council session.

They are joint general secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman and organising secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim and BM Mozammel Haque.