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30 November, 2019 12:49:57 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 30 November, 2019 12:04:28 PM
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Major changes likely in AL Dhaka city units

Dhaka North and South AL council session today
ABU JAKIR, Dhaka
Major changes likely in AL Dhaka city units

The Awami League (AL) high command may make major changes in key positions of its two city units—Dhaka North and South AL— at its triennial council session, WHICH will be held today (Saturday) in a bid to strengthen the city body.

The AL city unit's council session will be held at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the city at 11am. The AL president and Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, is expected to inaugurate the first session of the council, while the second session will be held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.

The last council session of the undivided Dhaka City Unit Awami League was held on December 27, 2012, but the committee was announced on April 10, 2016 after the unit was split into two in 2015. Party insiders said the incumbent presidents and secretaries of the two chapters of the Dhaka city AL have not been able to run the organisation properly. They even failed to announce full-fledged committees for Dhaka North and South units during the three-year tenure of the committees after their names were announced on April 10, 2016.

So, new leaders might be appointed in key positions of the two units, they said.

They also said as part of the present strategy of the AL high-ups to remove controversial leaders from important units, a set of new leaders has already been brought in the party’s four associate bodies—Krishak League, Sramik League, Swechchhasebak League, and Jubo League—at respective council sessions held earlier this month.

Besides, many city leaders would be removed from the next committees of the two city units for their alleged involvement in illegal activities, including running casino business in the capital.

Speaking to this correspondent, AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said: “Old and new blood will be infused in the new committees of the AL city body.”

Replying to a question, he said: “Yes, changes must be made in key positions of

both city units.” AL joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak said: “As far as I know, new leaders are likely to be appointed in the new committees of the two city units. Party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already gathered information from party leaders and various intelligence sources about the possible candidates for key positions of the two units.”

Earlier, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said they wanted to build a new model AL by inducting dedicated, committed, and fresh people with clean images in the new committees.

“There is no room of corrupt people, intruders, and controversial faces in the new committees,” he added.

However, many city AL leaders aspiring for different posts in the new committees have been lobbying with influential leaders.

Incumbent president AKM Rahmatullah and general secretary Sadeq Khan of the Dhaka north city AL are trying hard to retain their posts. Many dedicated leadersof north unit AL, including vice-presidents Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and Aslamul Haque, joint secretaries MA Kader Khan and SM Mannan Kochi and Habib Hasan, office secretary Saiful Islam and treasurer Wakil Uddin, are trying to get top posts.

Besides, president of the Dhaka south city AL, Abul Hasnat, is out of the race due to his physical condition, but the general secretary, Shahe Alam Murad, is trying to retain his post. Party sources said old Dhaka residents and AL leaders might be made president or secretary of the Dhaka South unit AL at the council session. Former acting president of the south unit AL, the late MA Aziz’s son, Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Tamim, is on top of other candidates.

Moreover, AL central committee member Advocate Nazibullah Hiru, vice-presidents Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Humayun Kabir, former joint secretary and former food minister Advocate Quamrul Islam, joint secretaries Abul Bashar and Dilip Kumar Roy, organising secretary Hedayet Ullah Swapan and publicity secretary Akhter Hossain are vying for important posts in the new committee.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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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