POST TIME: 22 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Hasina to brief party leaders on next polls
AL holds spl meeting tomorrow
Abu Jakir

Hasina to brief party leaders 
on next polls

Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina will issue necessary directives to her party activists tomorrow (Saturday) to ensure the party’s victory in the national polls that are scheduled to be arranged by the end of this year. Hasina would give a latest set of instructions to party workers, who will come from different corners of the country to attend the party’s extended meeting to be held at her official residence on Saturday. The day also happens to be the 69th foundation day of the AL. Party insiders say the AL chief is likely to ask high-level leaders to begin full preparations for the next polls.

Hasina will also instruct her party men to strengthen the organisation at the grassroots level and end factional squabbles ahead of the parliamentary elections.  

The special extended meeting at Ganabhaban will begin at 11am.

According to sources, AL central committee members, advisory council members, national committee members, party MPs, presidents and secretaries of all its district organisations, secretaries of its publicity and publication wing, and secretaries of its information and research affairs will be asked to attend the meeting.  When contacted by this correspondent, a number of AL grassroots leaders, who are expected to join Saturday’s meeting, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would give them necessary directives regarding the next polls on that day.

 AL joint general secretary Abdur Rahman said the meeting was rather significant ahead of the next general elections. “Our party chief will direct all party functionaries to start making all-out preparations for the next polls to ensure victory,” he added.

“The Premier will also ask party leaders to work in favour of party-nominated candidates for the next parliamentary elections,” he said.

 “She called party activists on the occasion of the party’s 69th birth anniversary to boost the morale of grassroots leaders,” he added.

 AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said Sheikh Hasina called her party men to her official residence on the occasion of the AL’s 69th foundation anniversary to remind them of the party’s legacy and to give them instructions regarding preparations for the next general polls.

 Some 4,500-5,000 ruling party leaders are expected to attend the special meeting, he added.

 AL organising secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan yesterday said Sheikh Hasina would ask her party men to highlight the AL-led government’s success stories.

“She will give us instructions regarding the next parliamentary polls. She will also ask us to remain united to strengthen the party from the central level to the grassroots ahead of the next election,” he added.

About the party’s internal conflicts, Swapan said: “We’re trying to minimise disputes within the party, but I think it’s not possible to do so.”

When contacted, advocate Baki Billah, president of the Jamalpur district unit of the AL, said: “Sheikh Hasina is likely to ask us to remain united and to work for the party-nominated candidates in the next polls to ensure their victory.”

 “We’ll request our party chief to nominate dedicated and popular candidates,” he added,

Anwar Hossain Samrat, general secretary of the Panchagar district, said: “If we get the chance to soeak, we would request our leader not to give party nomination on the basis of party posts and handsome faces.”

He also said the party high-ups should not give nominations to those involved in intra-party feuds and violating organisational rules.