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AL membership drive gains pace

Leaders directed to go from door-to-door to enroll new members
Abu Jakir
AL membership drive gains pace

The Awami League's (AL's) membership drive is on in full swing across the country. The AL high-ups have directed the party's central and grassroots-level leaders to go from door-to-door to enrol new members.

At the latest central working committee meeting held at Ganabhaban, AL president Sheikh Hasina once again directed her party's central leaders to gear up the membership drive.

Central leaders of the AL have started visiting organisational districts to launch the membership drive. Some of the leaders, led by AL general secretary, Obaidul Quader, began the drive in Sylhet on Saturday.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, inaugurated the campaign in Dhaka City South on Thursday and in the North on Friday.

Party insiders said they are receiving overwhelming response at the grassroots level, as people seem to believe that the party will remain in power for two or three more terms. This time the party is enrolling fresh members by targeting young and female voters for the next national election slated for 2019.

On May 20, Sheikh Hasina kicked off the membership drive at a meeting at her official residence by renewing her membership by paying the subscription fee of Tk 500.

Talking to this correspondent, AL Joint General Secretary, Abdur Rahman, said on Saturday that the party's central leaders, including its General Secretary, Obaidul Quader, have started visiting organisational districts to oversee the membership drive.

“Our main target of the drive is to woo young and female voters for the next national election. We will carry out our campaign to drum up support in favour of the party symbol "Nouka" [boat] and side by side we want to make the party organisation stronger by inducting fresh members,” he said.

After inaugurating the membership campaign in Sylhet, Quader, also the spokesperson for the ruling party, directed the Sylhet district leaders to go from door-to-door to induct young and women voters.

“You [AL leaders] will have to visit each house instead of sitting in party offices. This time our target is young and women voters, so that they don’t take a wrong decision in the next general election,” he said.

He also urged the leaders not to induct any anti-Liberation element, extortionist and terrorist into the party.

“We've started a door-to-door campaign to induct fresh members in the party and got a good response from the people,” said Shafiqul Islam Shafiq, a union AL chairman.

Sakib Khan, a youth from Bogra

district, has recently become an AL member. He said he was proud of being an “honourable” member of the party. The AL leadership has a target to enroll two crore new members from across the country that will include at least 25 lakh new members from the capital. The target will be completed by next January. After new members are enrolled, the party will scrutinise the list. When contacted, Dhaka South city unit AL General Secretary, Shahe Alam Murad, told The Independent on Saturday that they have started collecting new members in full swing from Thursday. He also hoped that they will be able to achieve their target of 25 lakh new members.  

The AL had conducted its last membership drive in 2010. According to the AL constitution, the party membership should be renewed every three years by paying the subscription fee. An existing party member can renew his/her membership by paying the subscription fee of Tk 20 only.

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