‘Hybrids’ malign party image with corrupt practices

Anaet Shawon

22 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The ruling Awami Leagues image was on the brink of crisis when the government took a hard line against those involved in corrupt practices and popularly labeled as “hybrids,” “crows,” “intruders” and “nobbo (‘new) Awmai Leaguers” by committed party men.

These elements misused their political identities to benefit in their illegal activities to become super-rich over night and tarnished AL’s image for their personal gains.

They become reckless as many influential people backed them who have now distanced themselves from these questionable people.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader also hinted that stern actions would be taken against such leaders and activists.

“No offenders will be spared if found involved in irregularities,” he said, terming them as ‘hybrid’, ‘crow’, ‘intruders’ and ‘new Awmai Leaguer’.

Those men used their new identity for their interest, he said.

But AL presidium member, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, refused to take responsibility. “The party will not take responsibility for any person involved in misdeeds,” he said.

 The issue recently came to light as law enforcing agencies conducted raids in Dhaka’s “casinos” owned by the hybrids like the two Bangladesh Jubo League (BJL) leaders who are turncoats —- they changed their political colour from two other groups soon after the Awami League came to power after the 2008 election.

The crackdown started as Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina became angry and said she was dismayed by the illegal activities of party men.

After giving repeated warnings against the waywards over the past 11 years nothing changed rather opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami men infiltrated the Awami League with the help of some top leaders, including party presidium members, joint general secretaries and others leaders across the country.

On Wednesday, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Dhaka South Jubo League organizing secretary Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, casino owner, and recovered illegal firearms,

liquor, foreign currency and yaba from his house. On Thursday, RAB arrested Golam Kader Shamim alias GK Shamim, construction mogul, and Kalabagan Krira Chakra Club President Shafiqul Alam Feroz for running illegal casino.

Another Jubo League leader, Islam Hossain Samrat, also runs casinos. RAB raided his house but failed to nab him. Party insider said that Khaled was a cadre of Juba Dal (Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s youth wing) while Awami League in opposition. Besides, GK Shamim was a assistant secretary of Dhaka City Juba Dal, he, however, identified himself as Juba League’s Cooperative Affair Secretary and Vice-President of Naryanganj district Awami League.

Almost 11 years at the regime of ruling Awami League, they become leaders of ruling party and become rich and influential political person.

On Thursday, Juba League expelled Khaled from his post in Juba League and ruled out any relation between GK Shamim and Juba League. Even Awami League also ruled out any relation with GK Shamim terming him as an infiltrator

Awami League deputy office secretary Biplab Barua also ruled out any relation between Narayanganj Awami League and GK Shamim. “He never held any post,” he said.

Echoing the him, BJL Chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury said Shamim was not one of their leaders.

Omar Faruk questioned the sudden crackdown  asking “What were you (law enforcers doing all these days?”

Before the start of crackdown, Bangladesh Chhatra League president Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and general secretary Golam Rabbani were removed from their posts.