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18 August, 2019 01:00:39 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 August, 2019 11:37:38 AM

AL sub-committee members remain underutilised

Abu Jakir, Dhaka
AL sub-committee members remain underutilised

The ruling Awami League has formed a jumbo-sized sub-committee this time, but having a large number of members basically mean they have very little work assigned to each of them, making them feel underutilised. On their part, these members feel frustrated, as the AL high-ups have neither given them any responsibility nor involved them in party activities. They told The Independent that they have been lazing around since being inducted in the sub-committee after the party’s 20thnational council session in October 2016.

Some members of the sub-committee were with protocol services to the party general secretary, Obaidul Quader, while some others were deputed to party president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office at different times. Yet others were found around the party office passing time meaninglessly. A large number of the sub-committee members, who are basically senior leaders, admitted that they had lost interest in visiting the party office because there was no work to do.

They said if the party central leaders involved them in party activities or during crisis situations in the country like floods, they could have played an important role in politics as well as for the welfare of the country and its people.

These AL leaders said, after being inducted into the sub-committee, the only opportunity they had got to serve the party was during the last general elections. During the December 30 polls, they significantly helped AL to storm back to power for the third consecutive term.

According to Dhanmondi party office sources, over 1,000 members were inducted into the central sub-committee after the party’s National Council in 2016. Earlier, however, the party high-ups had decided to restrict the sub-committee to 95 to 101 members. But they failed to stick to the plan.

According to the AL constitution, there must be five assistants for the party’s 19 departmental secretaries to assist them with organisational activities.

Russel Ashequi, a member of AL central sub-committee on Information and Research Affairs, told The Independent on Friday that they had no effective work except to attend some meetings with their secretary and have some food during the meeting.

Expressing his frustration, Ashequi said AL might face a leadership crisis in future as many dedicated leaders were being deprived nowadays and kept away from party activities.

Mir Tofazzal Hossain, a senior member of the central sub-committee on Industry and Commerce Affairs, said they were not being involved in active party politics because their party seniors didn’t want them to do so.

“Sometimes I wish to quit politics even though our party is now power,” he said.

Another sub-committee member said, “Actually, the party high-ups don’t want

that we should be involved in active politics. But if the trend continues, the party would not get a dedicated leadership in future.”

Towhidul Islam Bulbul, a sub-committee member on Finance and Planning Affairs, said: “I think the responsibilities of the sub-committee members should be increased instead of just attending some meetings and seminars. Most of time, we sit idle. If the party high-

ups engage us more in AL activities more, we can work to strengthen the party.”

Meanwhile, AL central leader and Forests and Environment Affairs secretary, Delwar Hossain, refuted the charges of the sub-committee members. Delawar claimed that his committee members were working with him for the party smoothly.

“I can’t tell about other sub-committee members, but I can say that my committee members are working with me joyously. I hold meetings with

them regularly and give them necessary instructions to work for strengthening the organization,” he said.

Earlier, the party high-ups had to face difficulties in announcing the committee as many young leaders, including former Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders, had opposed the sub-committee. They had alleged that the central leaders had dropped many dedicated leaders from the sub-committee.

Faced with the opposition within party ranks, the AL high-ups were forced to announce the jumbo-sized committee with over 1,000 members.





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