Awami League Council

Time for tested leaders

Shawkat Ali Khan and Anaet Shawon

4 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Fear has gripped some senior leaders of losing their posts in the central body of the ruling Awami League which is working to rejuvenate the country’s oldest party by combining the experienced and tested new comers in its upcoming 21st triennial council session slated for December 20-21.

Insiders say that incumbent leaders of different tiers, including presidium, may be shown the door to pave the way for tested and dedicate leaders who would be able to rejuvenate the party which led the country to its independence.

“Our leader (Sheikh Hasina) has a strong desire to make the party separate from the government. In line with her desire, many senior leaders may be dropped from the central body,” said a leader wishing not to be named.

Sources say that many central leaders miserably failed to carry out the tasks given by the party president.

Instead of running the party activities, many created intra-party feud and maximized wealth through unhealthy means, sources alleged.            

The 81-member central committee was formed through the last council session held in October in 2016.

Awami League presidium member Faruk Khan told the daily sun that the next committee would be formed with a combination of senior and junior leaders.

“Controversial leaders must be shown the door. Leaders who have performed well, will be promoted,” he said.

After assuming office for the third consecutive term, the party president even formed the cabinet relieving senior ministers like Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed and Matia Chowdhury.

According to sources, presidium members including Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun, Mosharraf Hossain, Ramesh Chandra Sen and Abdul Mannan Khan may be dropped from the next central body.

Some leaders who have been holding the same posts for years may also be shown the door for their poor performances while some will be promoted.

Joint general secretaries including Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Dipu Moni, organizing secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapan, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, information and research secretary Afzal Husain and publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud, liberation war affairs secretary Mrinal Kanti Das, members SM Kamal Hossain and Mirza Azam may get better position in the central body.

Incumbent organizing secretaries including Ahmad Hossain, Misbah Uddin Siraj and BM Mozammel Haque, treasure HN Ashiqur Rahman, agriculture and cooperative secretary Faridunnahar Laily, women affairs secretary Fazilatunnesa Indira, labour and manpower affairs secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj may also be relived from their respective posts through the council session.

Some central leaders, including Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Qamrul Islam, Begum Munnujan Sufian, RAM Obaidul Mokhtadir Chowdhury, Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran and Nazibullah Hiru may be dropped from the committee.

Sources say that as part of the plan of the party president, she has already shown the door to a number central leader, including two joint general secretaries and two organizing secretaries by not providing the ticket for contesting the December 30 parliamentary polls.

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

In doing so, the party has provided the nomination to two organising secretaries AKM Enamul Haque Shamim and Muhibul Hassan Chowdhury Nowphel, office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, law affairs secretary SM Rezaul Karim, cultural affairs secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, central leader Iqbal Hossain Apu and assistant private secretary to Prime Minister Saifuzzaman Shikor, among others.

The AL also chose Bangladesh ODI cricket captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as its man for Narail-2 constituency.

Sources say everything has been done to bring dynamism in the party as well as the government.