Ruling Awami League is working to bridge the gap between its grass-roots leaders and ministers and local lawmakers in a bid to carry out party activities smoothly.
Insiders say as the party is in power for three consecutive terms, many factions have been created among the grass roots under the direct patronage of ministers and lawmakers that facilitated hybrid politicians to sneak into the party.Besides, the gap has been widened as political activities remained stalled in the country due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif told the Daily Sun that resentment at the grass-roots level will be over if political activities start in the country. “We’ll start organisational activities soon if the coronavirus situation returns to normalcy,” he said.
For this, designated joint general secretaries and organising secretaries in eight divisions have started holding meetings with the leaders of districts, upazilas, thanas to close the gap.
Designated leaders for Chattogram division held meetings with the grass-roots leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday.
President of Chattogram South unit of AL Moslem Uddin Ahmad said there were open discussions on how to overcome the lack of coordination in the organisation. “In some places, there’s lack of coordination between AL MPs and local leaders. That’s why instructions have been given to fix the disputes to bring unity to the party,” he said.
According to the sources, the resentment between lawmakers and local leaders reached such a level that they do not want to make courtesy call on each other and even they avoid inviting each other to government or political programmes.AL Organising Secretary Afzal Husain told the Daily Sun that there is no scope of resentment among the grass-roots leaders and lawmakers if they carry out their duties as per their jurisdiction. “We’re activists of Awami League and party President Sheikh Hasina. There’ll be no gap among them once union parishad elections resume,” he said. Not only the Chattogram divisional team but also all the divisional delegations are trying to revamp the party activities across the country.
The central leaders have been holding meetings with the grass-roots leaders to form full-fledged committees after holding council sessions to strengthen the party and bring unity.
Another ruling party Organising Secretary SM Kamal Hossain said it is his regular duty to monitor the grass-roots organisational activities. “We’ll start holding council sessions which would work as an icebreaker for the grass-roots leaders and activists,” he said.