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AL grassroots vent anger on higher-ups’ reluctance

lower-tier organisational recommendations
Abu Jakir, Dhaka
AL grassroots vent anger on higher-ups’ reluctance

Grassroots leaders of the Awami League (AL) are massively ‘disappointed’ with the apparent reluctance of the central leadership to work on their recommendations on the party organisation. On June 15, they expressed their frustration in the presence of central leaders at a meeting at the AL headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue.

They said the party high-ups do not take any steps on the basis of the information given to them from the grassroots level.

They described the situation as 'very unfortunate'.

Some grassroots leaders told this correspondent that party high-ups are yet to take any steps against those leaders who have acted against the party's instructions.

On April 5, AL president Sheikh Hasina directed her central leaders to prepare a list of all leaders, including lawmakers, who had worked against party-nominated candidates in the latest local body elections.

Speaking at the meeting, AL Rajbari district unit president Zillur Hakim said they have already sent reports to the central leadership, recommending to take action against some local leaders involved in anti-organisational activities. But the party high-ups are yet to take any action, he lamented.

“According to the party constitution, such issues should be settled within 90 days. Otherwise, these recommendations will carry no value and be cancelled,” he added.

Some district leaders asked the central leaders to complete all pending district council sessions as early as possible. They said the party will remain united and robust only if the party’s grassroots level remains strong. They also urged the central leaders to minimise intra-party feuds at the grassroots level by taking proper organisational steps.

AL Tangail district unit president Fazlur Rahman Faruk said: “We could not form any committee of the AL's Ghatail and Bhuapur thana unit. Do you know why we failed to do so? We must get rid of faction feuds to make the organisation stronger.”

A local leader told this correspondent the party high command is collecting information from the grassroots level, but they are not implementing any of the recommendations. “I think the party won't take any action against troublemakers, just as it did

on previous occasions,” he said. Earlier, the party decided to issue show-cause notices to those local leaders and lawmakers who had worked against candidates during the upazila (UZ) polls. But the AL high-ups are yet to issue a single show-cause notice even after a month.

However, the party high command has already ordered its eight organising secretaries to collect information about the rebel leaders, including some ministers and lawmakers, who had worked against the party candidates. Currently, AL organising secretaries are preparing a list of rebels.

When contacted, AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said the party is yet to take any decision about issuing show-cause notices to the rebel leaders. “Hopefully, the party chief will take the final decision on this matter in the party’s next working committee meeting,” he added. AL acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said the party would take some more time to take action against the rebels. He also said they are now scrutinising the names of leaders and MPs  allegedly involved in violating party decisions.  “We need more time to issue the show-cause notice to ensure that no innocent leader gets punished,” he added.

AL organising secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim said the matter is being processed. “Now we are collecting information about the rebel leaders. We sought reports in this regard from our district leaders. We’ll submit the reports to the central leadership. Steps will be taken against the guilty after scrutinising the reports,” he added.

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