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Sohel Taj ready to serve AL

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  • 16 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Sohel Taj ready to serve AL

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Sohel Taj, former state minister for home, on Monday publicly expressed his intention to serve the Awami League, the ruling party in the country.

"We have a bloodstained relationship with the Awami League. I am not an outsider to the party. I was in the party, am still in the party, and will be in the party," he said.

Taj, also the son of the country’s first Prime Minister, Tajuddin Ahmad, told reporters after paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members at Banani graveyard in the capital.

Taj came up with the remark as there has been a buzz in the political arena that he would return to active politics soon.

A decade ago, the former junior minister resigned from the cabinet and parliament on personal grounds.

Mentioning that he is a diehard Awami Leaguer, though he was not active in politics, Taj said he has an affection and love for Bangladesh.

"If needed, I will respond to the call if there is any necessity. I will remain in the street like I was in 2001-06," he added.                Responding to a question about whether he is ready to take any responsibility if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants, Taj said everyone has a responsibility as a citizen of Bangladesh as the country was liberated through the sacrifice of millions of martyrs.

"So, we have to contribute from our respective positions," he said.

Responding to another question, Taj said he is the son of a political family. His father, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad, led the great liberation war, and his mother, Syeda Zohra Tajuddin, was the convener of the Bangladesh Awami League after the 1975 massacre.

"Awami League is in my blood," he added.