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21 January, 2018 12:54:55 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 January, 2018 11:46:29 AM
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AL in dilemma over asst secretary issue

‘Controversial leaders find a place, dedicated ones out’
ABU JAKIR
AL in dilemma over asst secretary issue

The Awami League (AL) is in a dilemma over announcing the names of assistant secretaries of its central sub-committees. Many aspirant leaders have been shown the green light by the party office, and some of them have even got letters in this regard from different departmental sub-committees, but the office says the names have not been announced formally. The assistant secretary issue is currently the main topic of discussion among young leaders of the ruling party at its Dhanmondi office.

Besides, many controversial leaders have been inducted into the new committees, while many dedicated young leaders have been deprived. This has created a controversy.

On Friday evening, the AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister, Obaidul Quader, announced at the party office informally that those who are claiming themselves to be assistant secretaries are all members of different departmental committees.        

According to the AL's Dhanmondi office, some 100 names have been finalised as assistant secretaries of its central sub-committees. After the party’s 20th National Council Session, held in 2016, its high-ups decided to reduce the number of assistant secretaries to 100 from 467.

Since the declaration of the party’s 20th national council, junior leaders have been regularly making a beeline for the Dhanmondi office to become a member of a sub-committee. But the party high-ups have not announced the committees yet.

Talking to this correspondent, Kawseruzzaman Mamun, a former assistant secretary, said some former BNP leaders have been made assistant secretaries of sub-committees, which is very unfortunate. He mentioned some names who were once BNP student leaders. The AL  high-ups have inducted

their own people, depriving the party's

dedicated, committed and popular leaders. Russel Ashequi, a former assistant secretary, said the party high-ups must check the background of the controversial leaders and dedicated ones should be made assistant secretaries before announcing the names formally.

When contacted, AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said they are scrutinising the background of the controversial leaders at the direction of party president Sheikh Hasina.

“We have made a draft of names of assistant secretaries, but we have not finilised the list. When it is finalised, we will announce it formally,” he added. Party insiders said AL general secretary Obaidul Quader and his office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap are responsible for including the names of controversial leaders.

Earlier, the two had made a list with their chosen candidates, but Sheikh Hasina did not approve of the committee in the face of strong opposition from other central leaders of the party.         

Talking to this correspondent yesterday (Saturday), the AL joint general secretary, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, admitted that there were certain irregularities in the appointment of assistant secretaries for the party’s central sub-committees. He, however, said the party’s top brass would consider the issue seriously this time.


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