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20 October, 2019 12:01:02 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 October, 2019 04:05:15 PM

Juba League may get acting chief

Hasina sits with leaders of the body today
Abu Jakir, Dhaka
Juba League may get acting chief

The Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will sit with the leaders of her party’s associate organisation Awami Juba League today to give them necessary instructions to successfully hold its 7th triennial council session scheduled for November 23. The meeting will be held at the premier’s official residence Ganabhaban in the afternoon on that day with Hasina in the chair. Party insiders said Sheikh Hasina will give necessary instructions to Juba League presidium members, discuss the age limit for central body leaders, and how they will hold the council session in absence of organisation’s chairman Omar Faroque Chowdhury, who has not been invited to the meeting. The AL president may even name an acting chairman for the Juba League to make the council session a success, they added.

They said Juba League Chairman Omar Faroque Chowdhury was not invited in the Sunday’s meeting due to his alleged involvement in different irregularities that were revealed after the law enforcers started drives against corruption and illegal activities, including gambling operations, on September 18. After the drive, many Juba League leaders were arrested due to their involvement in corruption, running casino business and other illegal activities in the capital, while some leaders have gone into hiding after publishing of news reports on their alleged corruptions and crimes at different media outlets.

Insiders alleged that these Juba League leaders have indulged in different irregularities including casino business in the city under the patronage of its chairman Omar Faroque Chowdhury as he was getting a due share of the money from such illegal activities.  

After the drive against corruption and illegal activities began, Chowdhury has tried to meet the prime minister in different ways, but the premier had strictly issued an order to the Ganabhaban officials so that he couldn’t enter

her residence. In the mean time, Chowdhury’s Ganabhaban pass was cancelled, insiders said.

Talking to the correspondent, several leaders of Juba Leauge alleged that Juba League chairman did not ever approve any committee without taking money. He amended the organisation’s constitution to serve his own interests.

They alleged that it was very normal for Chowdhury to announce pocket committees in exchange of money. He would take minimum Tk 30 lakh for giving a ward Juba League committee, they alleged.

Brahmanbaria Juba League General Secretary Sirajul Islam Ferdous said after Omar Faroque Chowdhury took the helm of Juba League, most of the district committees across the country were made on an ad-hoc basis in exchange of money.

Pabna Juba League General Secretary Rakib Hassan Tipu said Juba Leauge Pabna district unit committee had been cancelled without informing them or issuing any show-cause notice in this regard. “Later, I came to know that the committee has been cancelled after crores of money changed hands,” he said, pointing finger at the party chairman.

At an extended meeting held at the party headquarters at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital recently, district leaders came up with the same allegations against the central leaders that most of the district units of Juba League have been running through ad-hoc basis or the committees were run only by the president and secretary.

In that meeting, Rajbari district AL General Secretary Kazi Keramat Ali said, “The organisational condition of Juba League in my district is very vulnerable as the body has been running by an ad-hoc committee for the last 14 years.” He had also urged the central leaders to take necessary steps to revive the body.     

Shariatpur district AL General Secretary Anal Kumar Dey also came up with the a similar allegation that the organisational condition of Juba league and other associate bodies in his district were not very good. The party high-ups should take care of the issue, he told the meeting.

Meanwhile, Talking to the media over today’s meeting, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called a meeting of presidium members of Juba League at the Ganabhaban.

“As far as I know age limit for Juba League leaders and other relevant issues will be discussed in the meeting,” he said.

Earlier on October 3, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit asked banks and non-bank financial institutions to provide it with information on all bank accounts and transaction records of Juba League Chairman Omar Faroque Chowdhury, after allegations of graft surfaced against him.

The central bank sent letters to different commercial banks to know Omar Faruk’s bank account information within three working days, said BB’s Financial Intelligence Unit.

Following the crackdown on illegal casino and gambling business by law enforcers, the central bank has also frozen the bank accounts of Juba League leaders GK Shamim, Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan and Kalabagan Krira Chakra president Shafiqul Alam Firoz along with those of their family members for 30 days. They were arrested recently for their alleged involvement in illegal casino business and others.






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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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