Anti-graft drive – a shoot for the moon

Anaet Shawon

22 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The ruling Awami League’s unprecedented tough anti-graft drive is apparently an attempt to shoot for the moon by bringing massive intra-party reforms in a bid to restore people’s confidence on the one of the country’s oldest political organizations, analysts said.

The party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has gone all out to free the proud organization under which the 1971 Liberation War from the clutches of corrupts and intruders, who have tarnished the party’s image by their misdeeds.

As part of its shooting the moon plea, the party has taken a move to bring clean-image leadership in the party and its associate bodies through the upcoming council sessions.

The triennial council session of the Awami League is scheduled to be held on December 20 and 21 while the council sessions of the associate bodies—-Juba League, Swechchasebak League, Krishak League and Sramik League will be held by November.

Awmai League president and Sheikh Hasina reiterated that the ongoing drives against wrongdoers will continue.

As the party has been in office for the third consecutive term, many leaders, including ministers and lawmakers across the country are using the banner to make wealth through illegal means.

Being cornered by the illegal fortune maker’s group, dedicated leaders and activists have been requesting the party president to run a reform in all tiers of the party to put the wrongdoers and intruders on the dock and free the party from the influence of the white colour people.

Party insiders say that a section of leaders have become Frankenstein as the party is in power for the third consecutive term.

The analysts said party members felt the need for the cleansing drive under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina so that the true workers were placed in the running of the state affairs.

As part of the drive, the law enforcers have arrested many associated bodies leaders and seized huge amount of illegal money, drugs and weapons.

On Sunday night, the Awami League showed the door to Juba League chairman Omar Farooque Chowdhury amid allegations of corruption, patronizing casino owners and misbehaving with party leaders.

“Apart from the leaders of associated bodies, Awami League leaders are also in fear of being ousted through its upcoming council session scheduled to be held on December 20-21,” an Awami League leader told daily sun on condition of anonymity.

The reforms started by relieving Bangladesh Chhatra League president Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and general secretary Gola Rabbani from their respective posts.

Since September 18, RAB and police have raided different clubs across Bangladesh, busting illegal casinos.

A number of leaders, including leaders of associated bodies, were detained and then shown arrested after the raids.

Juba League Dhaka south unit president Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, his accomplice vice-president Anamul Haque Arman, organizing secretary Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, construction mogul GK Shamim, Krishak League leader Shafiqul Alam Firoz and a Dhaka North City Corporation ward councilor Tarequzzaman Rajib were arrested and expelled from the organisation for their alleged involvement with illegal casino businesses and other irregularities.

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday warned that controversial leaders would not get any place in the new committees of the party and its associate bodies.

“If any leader becomes controversial, he or she will not get a post in the new committee,” he said.