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15 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 December, 2019 10:31:11 PM
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December 20-21 council session

AL takes hectic preparations as 7,000 councillors to join

ABU JAKIR, Dhaka
AL takes hectic preparations
as 7,000 councillors to join
This recent photo shows the stage of the upcoming Awami League council constructed following the design of the Padma Bridge. Independent Photo

Ruling party Awami League (AL) has completed most of its preparatory works related to holding the ensuing council session in a befitting manner. The party is going to hold its 21st national council session on December 20-21 at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital. Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the first session of the council at 10am at the historic venue on December 20. The main council session will be held on December 21 at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, drawing over 7,000 councillors from across the country. "To build Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, we are moving forward. We are Bangladesh," is the theme of the 21st council of the party, which has had eight presidents since its founding in 1949, with Sheikh Hasina being its longest-serving party chief.

Some 12 sub-committees have been working relentlessly to make the 21st national council session a grand success. Party leaders, including General Secretary Obaidul Quader, have held a series of meetings with sub-committee members. The party's central leaders are also working to complete the pending district council sessions ahead of the national one.

The party has put up banners and festoons at different strategic points in the city and elsewhere in the country.

Party insiders said nearly 50,000 leaders and activists, including the councillors and delegates, are expected to attend the council session. The main stage of the council has been erected in the shape of a "boat", the electoral symbol of the AL. The length of the stage is 102 feet and the width 40 feet. The stage will be seen floating on the image of the Padma River.

Quader said the council session of the party will be held in a simple manner this time, as the party will observe the birth centenary of Bangabanhdu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gorgeously.

“Our party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will deliver the introductory speech in the first session. Then, the general secretary’s organisational report will be delivered. In the evening, a cultural programme will be held at the Suhrawardy Udyan ground,” he added.

“Our preparation for holding the council session is progressing well. We have asked all district unit leaders to send lists of councillors and delegates to the central leadership. They have started sending the names. I hope all tasks relating to the council will be completed by December 16,” said AL Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap.

Leaders of different political parties, including the BNP, will be invited to the opening ceremony of the council, he added.

Some 2,000 volunteers, drawn from the Swechchhasebak League, Jubo League, Chhatra League, and other like-minded organisations, will be deployed to ensure security and discipline at the council venue.

The AL holds its council every three years in line with its charter.

Hasina was re-elected the AL president for the eighth consecutive term in the last council held on October 23, 2016. Obaidul Quader replaced late Syed Ashraful Islam as general secretary at the time.

Meanwhile, party insiders said this time the party President Sheikh Hasina

may bring major changes in her party’s central working committee as part of her new strategy to induct fresh blood and removing controversial faces from the existing committee, which was reflected in council sessions of different affiliated bodies of the party.

However, a set of new leadership has already been brought in the party’s different wings including AL city body, Krishak League, Swechchhasebak League, Sramik League, and Juba League through the council sessions held separately earlier the last month.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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