Don’t get involved in extortion

Quader tells party men

Staff Correspondent

20 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday asked the leaders and activists of the party not to get involved in extortion in the name of celebrating the Mujib Year.

“No one can do access in the name of celebrating the Mujib Year. You should not do any activity which will create a negative impression among the people,” he said.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, came up with the statement while addressing a special joint meeting at Awami League central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.

Presidents and secretaries of all organizational districts and city units of the AL under the Dhaka division joined the meeting. Quader asked the leaders and activists to refrain from staging activities which would undermine the image of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“You must control any attempt of taking extortion in the name of celebrating Mujib Year,” he said.

Reiterating that the court will decide about the bail of Khaleda Zia, Quader said the bail issue of graft-convicted Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson is totally a matter of court. “It is not a political case but a graft case. Khaleda Zia has placed a plea before the court seeking bail.   

The court will decide on it,” he said.

He urged the journalists not to embarrass AL by asking about Khaleda’s bail repeatedly.

“Please don’t ask about Khaleda’s bail. It is not in the hand of AL and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

Directing the AL leaders to strengthen the party from the grassroots level, the general secretary said please don’t allow the controversial people into the party to strengthen your own position. “It will weaken the party instead of strengthening,” he continued.

Underscoring the need for strengthening the party for the sake of the government, Quader said, “The government can never be a stronger one if the party remains weak organizationally”.

Urging those organizational units of the party, which did not hold their councils, to organize the councils from April, he said none should form committees staying in homes.

“Committees should be formed through councils. And consent of central committee must be taken to abolish any committee. You have no authority to abolish any committee,” the AL general secretary added.

Noting that the Dhaka south and north city corporation polls were held without any vote rigging, Quader said there was no scope of rigging or forgery through the electronic voting machine (EVM).

He urged the party leaders to work for the AL-nominated candidates in the by-polls to four Jatiya Sangsad (JS) seats and Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) to make them win and increase voters’ presence in the voting centers.

AL Presidium Members Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Faruk Khan, Abdur Rahman and Shajahan Khan, Organizing Secretary Mirza Azam, Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, Central Working Committee Member Dr Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Dhaka city south AL President Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Dhaka city north AL President Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and General Secretary SM Mannan Kachi were present in the meeting, among others.