POST TIME: 5 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 5 November, 2019 01:18:36 AM
Krishak League council tomorrow
Leaders lobby hard to get berths
Abu Jakir, Dhaka

Leaders lobby hard 
to get berths

Bangladesh Krishak League, an affiliate body of the ruling Awami League aimed at safeguarding farmers’ rights, is set to hold its 10th triennial council session tomorrow (November 6) at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.

Leaders of the AL and the affiliate body have been working hard in line with organisational chief Sheikh Hasina’s directives to make the council a success. This time, the Krishak League council’s slogan is “My village, my farm”.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had formed the organisation in 1972 with the slogan “Save farmers, save the country”.

With the council session just around the corner, Krishak League leaders aspiring for positions in the new committee have been lobbying hard with influential AL leaders. Some of them

even tried to meet Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban, while others met party General Secretary Obaidul Quader at the Dhanmondi party office.

According to sources at the party’s Dhanmondi office, the  names of the organisation’s incumbent general secretary, Khandaker Samsul Haque Reza, and its vice-presidents, Badiuzzaman Badsha and Sharif Ashraf, are being discussed for the post of president of the new committee of Krishak League.

Similarly, the names of the organisation’s joint secretary, Krishibid Samir Chanda, and its organizing secretaries, Asaduzzaman Biplab and Biswanath Sarker Bitu, are being discussed for the post of general secretary.

When contacted, Khandaker Samsul Haque Reza said: “Who will be the president or secretary of the body completely depends upon the decision of AL president Sheikh Hasina and our councillors from across the country.”

“I will accept the next leadership of Krishak League even if I am not capable to be fit for the post. But I am hopeful,” he added.

Krishak League leader Sharif Ashraf said: “I am an aspirant for the president’s position in the organisation in the ensuing council session. If our councillors and party president think I am eligible for the position, they can select me. If they think I am not suitable for the position, they can give chance to others for the new leadership of the organisation.”

Asaduzzaman Biplab, an aspirant for the general secretary’s post, said: “Those who are honest, dedicated, and are not involved in corruption should be given chance in the new committee.”

He added that he will accept any decision taken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard.

However, most of the aspirants are cautious in making any statement over getting chance in the new committee. They said the party president will induct those faces who have no involvement in any irregularity.

About the council session, Biswanath Sarker Bitu said they have made elaborate preparations to make it a grand success. “We have already started publicity across the country and put up different banners and festoons on the 10th council session at different strategic points,” he added.

However, a section of leaders in the AL and its associate body had earlier alleged that the current committee, led by Motahar Hossain Molla, has done nothing other than organising only events to mark special days. They alleged that top Krishak League leaders have been mired in controversy in recent times for allegedly flouting the party constitution, forming “pocket committees”, and promoting leaders in exchange for money.

A Krishak League insider alleged that the 111-member central committee, approved by AL chief Sheikh Hasina, is dominated by around 35 members who are all lawyers instead of farmers.

The present committee was formed on July 19, 2012 in the body’s last council session. Although the term of the committee was to end after three years, the Molla-led committee has been in place for eight years now.

As the government cracks down on illegal gambling, corruption, land grabbing, extortion, and other illegal activities, especially by some members of the ruling party and its affiliates, many in Krishak League are hoping for a new leadership that will work for the farmers.