POST TIME: 5 December, 2019 12:46:03 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 5 December, 2019 09:42:49 AM
AL likely to induct fresh blood into central body
Abu Jakir, Dhaka

AL likely to induct fresh blood into central body

The Awami League central body will bring changes in different key positions of its executive committee through the party’s 21st national council sessions slated for December 20–21, party insiders said. They also said the party president, Sheikh Hasina, may bring major changes in the central working committee as part of her new strategy to induct fresh blood and remove controversial faces from the existing committee.

This has already reflected in the council sessions of different wings of the party, they added. A set of new leaders have already been brought in different wings of the party, including the AL city unit committees, Krishak League, Sramik League, Swechchhasebak League, and the Juba League, through the council sessions of the wings held separately last month.

The party high-ups did not brought any major changes in the last three terms of its national council sessions. But this time, such changes are likely to be brought in the party’s key positions such as presidium members and joint and organising secretaries as well as in office secretary level. The party may even get a new general secretary and several new faces may be inducted in its executive member positions through the 21st national council sessions.

According to sources, the party president wants to give a chance to young leaders to create a new leadership that would be able to lead the organisation in the future. She wants to make the party strong and dynamic by blooding young leaders and reshuffling the organisation.

Central and senior district leaders who have not got party tickets to contest the last December 30 general election might also be given important positions in the party through the council, insiders say. Recently, Sheikh Hasina said she wants to make the party stronger for the next generation by inducting fresh blood.

AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader said the next AL central executive committee will be formed with a combination of old and new faces.  “Besides, a number of new faces might be inducted in the party’s highest policymaking body to infuse enthusiasm in party activities, while some incumbent leaders might be removed considering their performances,” he added.

AL Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said incumbent central leaders with a clean image will be rewarded with better positions in the new committee, while those who tarnished the party's image might be dropped from central body. “I think young leaders would dominate the party's central working committee,” he added.  Replying to question, Golap said: “I am a loyal worker of Sheikh Hasina. She knows very well which position would be suitable for me.”

AL Organising Secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood said Sheikh Hasina is a very experienced politician. “She is imperative for both the AL and the country. She knows very well how the next committee should be formed,” he added.

“But as far as I know, the next AL central committee will be formed with both old and new faces. Actually, changes might be brought in the positions of some central leaders, but they will be in the new committee,” he said.

The AL, the oldest political party in the country, had held its 20th national council session on October 22–23 back in 2016, in the historical Suhrawardy Udyan of the city.  Earlier, on July 24 in 2009, the ruling Awami League held its 18th national council session and then the party held two more council sessions.

However, three joint general secretaries—Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dr Dipu Moni, and Jahangir Kabir Nanak—was inducted through the party’s 18th national council session. Since then the trio have been discharging their duties in the same positions.

The party has eight organising secretary positions. New faces may be introduced in most of these positions, as most of the organising secretaries have been discharging their duties in the same position after the party’s 18th council session.

The central working committee now comprises the president, the general secretary, 17 presidium members, 19 secretaries, two deputy secretaries, four joint general secretaries, eight organising secretaries, one treasurer, and 28 members.

Major changes might be brought in the party’s presidium positions. AL presidium members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun, Nurul Islam

Nahid, and Abdul Mannan Khan may find themselves in the party’s advisory body. Several fresh faces may also be inducted in the party’s executive body through the upcoming national council session.