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16 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Shovon, Rabbani removal a lesson for others

Say Awami League leaders
Abu Jakir, Dhaka

Ruling Awami League leaders yesterday hailed their party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the ‘historic decision’ to remove Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and Golam Rabbani saying that it was a lesson for them as well as for leaders of associate bodies of the party. On Saturday, Shovon and Rabbani were removed from the position of BCL president and general secretary respectively in the wake of widespread controversy over their recent activities.

The decision came at the meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest policymaking body of the ruling party, at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s official residence Ganabhaban on Saturday evening.

Talking to this correspondent, several central leaders, who were present at the ALCWC meeting, said the Prime Minister had given them a message by removing the two top BCL leaders. They also said no one would be spared if any party leader or associate body leader engages in controversial activities.

Many in the ruling party think that the Awami League always practises democracy inside the party.

Talking over the issue, AL presidium member and agriculture minister Dr Abdur Razzaque said, “Our Prime Minister made a historic decision. It’s a message for all party leaders

as well as other associate bodies’ leaders so that they can correct themselves.”

He also said: “Our party president’s move will help us to move forward in future.”

Quoting Prime Minister Hasina’s statement in the ALCWC meeting against Awami Jubo League, an associate body of AL, Dr Razzaque said, “Those who are involved in illegal activities will be suppressed just in the way militants and drugs traders are curbed in near future if they don’t correct themselves.”

Talking to the media over the issue, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the historic action would set an example for the student wing’s leaders. No organisation in the country has taken such an action against its leadership for wrong-doing, he added.

“Those who will be involved in irregularities and corruptions will be strongly dealt with. No one will be spared no matter how big a leader he or she in the party,” he said.

Speaking to The Independent AL central committee member Golam Kabir Rabbani Chinu yesterday said Prime Minister Hasina made it clear in the ALCWC meeting that those who involved in any irregularities will face similar action.

He also said the leaders of other associate organisation of the party should remain alert about their responsibilities; otherwise, they will also be in trouble.

Meanwhile, following the removal of the two BCL leaders, the party leaders and activists think that a major change might come in the party’s central body through its upcoming 21st national council session slated for December 20-21.

On September 7, Prime Minister Hasina, at a joint meeting of AL’s Parliamentary Board and Local Government Nomination Board, in Ganabhaban expressed her annoyance over the recent ‘controversial’ activities of Shovon and Rabbani and directed the central leaders to dissolve the current committee.

Party sources said Prime Minister Hasina was miffed when she came to know that Shovon and Rabbani had demanded ‘four to six per cent’ as extortion for the Tk 1,445-crore project of the Jahangirnagar University from vice-chancellor Prof Farzana Islam.

On September 10, Shovon and Rabbani’s special pass to enter Ganabhaban were withdrawn.

BCL incumbent committee senior vice-president Al-Nahean Khan Joy and first joint general secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee have taken over as the acting BCL president and general secretary.

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