As the ruling Awami League celebrates its 73rd founding anniversary today, the party high command sets a goal to complete central and grass roots councils of the party to boost organisational strength ahead of the next national election.
There is only few months left for the expiry of the tenure of the Awami League Central Working Committee, and so the party has expedited efforts to complete its grass roots council ahead of the its triennial council to be held in December this year, party insiders said.
Party sources say that this year is very crucial for the Awami League as the party’s next national triennial council will be held in December while the national election is slated to be held in the first week of January in 2024.
Awami League presidium member Abdur Rahman told the Daily Sun that each of the second is equally important for the party as the next national election and triennial council session is approaching.
“Awami League is a pro-people party … The party is always with the people during their joy and sorrow,” he said.
On June 23, 1949, Awami Muslim League was formed at the historic Rose Garden in Old Dhaka City. Later, the party was renamed as Bangladesh Awami League.
Insiders say though AL high command has directed all its front and associate bodies to take preparations for the next polls, party activities will be expedited through the party’s founding anniversary programmes.
To this end, she instructed all the sub-committees of the party to update election manifesto and increase contact with people across the country by mitigating intra-party feud.
Later in May this year, Sheikh Hasina also directed her party leaders to reorganise the Awami League ahead of the next national elections and the triennial conference of the party.
The Awami League chief also directed the party leaders to carry out a drive across the country for recruiting new party members with a view to boosting party’s organizational strength.
“The Awami League should be made well-organised ahead of the ahead the next general elections and the party’s national conference,” AL general secretary Obaidul Quader recently said.
Following the directives of Awami League high command, the party leaders League is making hectic efforts to complete the council sessions of its grass roots units across the country.
AL insiders say that council sessions of at least one-third district units have already been completed, dates for holding holding councils of the remaining ones have also been fixed. Even, eight teams of the party are visiting the grass roots for holding upazila, thana and ward-level council sessions across the country.
Committees of many grass roots units of the party have already been formed while many are underway.
There are some 78 organising district units in the country, some 650 units (upazila, thanas and pourasavas) of the Awami League.
Awami League joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim told the Daily Sun that hopefully, a sustainable leadership would be brought to lead the future generation through the party’s next council session.
“Our aim is to ensure win in the 12th parliamentary elections to build Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal) as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” he added.
As part of the preparation for the next national election, Awami League is working to end internal feud among the lawmakers, leaders and activists with an aim to ensure win in the polls.
The party has also a plan to form over 40,000 poling centre-based committees each comprising 150 leaders from Awami League, Chhatra League, Jubo League and other associate bodies.
Besides, work is going on to update poll manifesto. Some 1,00,000 volunteers have given training to work for the party online before and during the next national election, insiders said.
Council sessions of the Awami League’s three associate bodies, including Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo Mahila League, will be held before the party triennial conference, they added.