AL to pick leaders with clean image

Many ministers, MPs may be sidelined

Kailash Sarkar

In the wake of the Prime Minister’s repeated warnings against wrongdoers, a number of ministers and lawmakers of the ruling Awami League and its senior leaders from different associate bodies are being kept away from the ongoing councils of the party due to their image crisis.

Many top ranking leaders of AL, Jubo League and Swechchhasebok Leage and Krishok League have already been sidelined while many others have already been arrested for their wrongdoings.  

According to sources, as part of the ongoing anti-graft cleansing drives, the party chief as well as its policymakers have decided that leaders involved with extortion, tender manipulation, casino crimes, land grabbing, drug peddling and other criminal or anti-social activities will be sidelined for their misdeeds. 

Besides, those who have worked against the party decisions violating party’s rules, regulations and disciplines will also be kept away from the councils. 

On the other hand, leaders holding different important positions in the government will also not be given any important post in the next councils of AL and its different associate bodies.

Intruders from different parries and organisations will strictly be restricted. Sources said the AL and its different wings have prepared a list with the names of around 1,500leaders, who are said to be the intruders in the party and also involved with crimes and corruptions. So any of the enlisted 1,500 intruders, corrupts and criminals could not get any chance of being a leader of any of the committee or get any post, and the list has been sent to all the districts and units.   

The process for holding councils of AL and different of its front organisations already have been started. The council of the AL will be held on December 21 and 22 in capital. New leaders for the Krishok League have been selected through its council. The council of the Swechchhasebok League will be held today. Like Krishok League and Swechchhasebok League, councils of different other front organisations are on the process.   

AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said that new leadership would be selected on the basis of clean image and honesty as well as sacrificing minds.

“Through the ongoing cleansing drives, Sheikh Hasina will gift new leaderships with clean image to the nation”, said Obaidul Quader, urging the party leaders, activists and supporters to pay heed to it.

On Friday, Obaidul Quader at a press briefing at the political office of the AL president announced that no parliament members will get any post in the upazila level committee.

The AL general secretary also urged the party men not to introduce any intruders into the party. He advocated for the leaders with courage, sacrificing mind and clean images. 

The ruling AL already has taken punitive measures against 200 of its leaders. Besides authorities concerned have frozen bank accounts of around 400 political leaders and businessman. Bans on traveling have also been imposed against around 200 of those people. 

Those who already have been kept under punishment include Bhola-3 lawmaker Nur-un-Nobi Chowdhury Shaon, Chattogram-12 lawmaker Shamsul Huq Chowdhury, immediate past Jubo League chairman Omar Faryuq Chowdhury, Swechchhsebok League President Molla Md Abu Kawsar, General Secretary Pankaj Devnath, Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, Dhaka City Ward Councilors Mominul Huq Sayeed and Habibur Rahman Mizan, Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, Mohammedan Sporting Club Director Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, Kalabagan Crira Chakra president Shafiqul Islam Firoz, Jubo League leaders Kazi Anisur Rahman, Mizanur Rahman Bakul, Awami League leader Enamul Huq Enu, his brother Rupam Bhuiyan, contractor GK Shamim, former PWD chief engineer Rafiqul Islam and present additional chief engineer Abdul Hye, mafia don Aziz Mohammad Bhai, their family members and business organisations. 

As per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a countrywide cleansing operation has been launched from September 18. As part of the drive around one hundred people, including leaders and businessmen, already have been arrested.