Ruling Awami League is taking preparations for the next parliamentary elections as the party high-ups have already started work on strengthening the organisation and mitigating internal feud with an aim to win the polls.
Ahead of the next polls, Awami League is facing multiple challenges of addressing internal feud among the lawmakers, leaders and activists, holding council session of party’s expired committees and sinking distance with the alliance partners.
To this effect, AL central leaders have started visiting districts to hold council sessions and form committees across the country. Party activities remained halted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Awami League presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak told Daily Sun that they have taken a move to reorganise the party as part of the preparations for the next national elections slated for 2023.
“As the Covid-19 situation is coming under control, we have started visiting party’s grassroots units across the country to mitigate internal feuds among the party leaders and activists,” he said.
As the national election is approaching, Awami League has taken move to revamp the party and mitigate the gap created due to internal feud, especially among lawmakers, leaders and activists.
In this regard, council session and formulation of full-fledged committees of some 43 out of 78 expired district units of Awami League will be completed soon, according to party sources.
After a meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) on September 9, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said the party president directed the leaders to start work on framing the poll manifesto.
“The party president directed us to start work on election manifesto through seminars and roundtable discussion. The poll manifesto sub-committee has been asked to update the probable aspects to be added in the manifesto,” Quader said.
Talking to the Daily Sun, Awami League central leaders said they are going to formulate election manifesto through seminars for getting opinion of the people in this regard.
After getting directives from the party chief, Awami League has already held two seminars. Party’s education and human resource affairs sub-committee held a seminar on September 17 on ‘Education: Practical Strategies for Achieving the Goals of 2041’ and science and technology affairs sub-committee organised a seminar on ‘Water-logging in Dhaka City: Problems and Remedies’ on Friday.
Besides, the party has a plan to form over 40,000 poling centre-based committees targeting the next polls. Some 150 leaders from Awami League, Chhatra League, Jubo League and other associate bodies of the party will be inducted in the committees.
Talking about the party’s poll manifesto, an AL central leader told the daily sun that mega projects—Metrorail, Padma Bridge and Karnaphuli Tunnel will be opened for traffic by 2022. “We’ll benefit from these big infrastructures in the next polls,’ he added.
The AL leader said the present government will launch the 5th generation mobile network in the country by the end of 2021. The launch of the 5G service will attract the young generation, he added.
At a programme in New York, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and her ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said that 5G service will be launched in the country at the end of 2021.
“We’re planning to launch 5G at the end of this year. The government is pledge-bound to provide broadband internet to the last mile. Bangladesh does not have shortage of capacity and bandwidth,” he said.
Awami League assumed office in 2009 through the ninth parliamentary elections held under an army-backed caretaker government in the backdrop of political turmoil over the power struggle between AL and the BNP.
The AL government has been carrying out massive development activities to turn the country into a developed one by 2041 while BNP has been embarking on politics of complaints to gain political benefit.
Though the next national election is still two years away, both Awami League and its arch rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are taking preparations for the polls and are trying to woo voters to in their favour.
BNP have started holding series of meetings with central leaders to fix strategies for contesting the next national polls. The party is also planning to wage movement in protest against ‘misrule’ of the AL government.
Awami League joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif told the Daily Sun that their first task is now to revamp and reoganise the party ahead of the next parliamentary elections.
“We will prepare a people-friendly manifesto by taking opinion of various quarters,” he added.
Sources say that internal feud among the AL grassroots has reached its peak. Almost every district and upazila is plagued by conflict between district president and general secretary and local lawmaker.
According to Ain O Salish Kendra, 56 incidents of clashes took place between Awami League rival groups in the last eight months, leaving at least eight persons dead and over 80 others injured.