Ahead of the Awami League’s 21st national council session, which is likely to be held in October, both central and local AL leaders have started lobbying for their desired party posts. The ruling party had held its 20th national council session on October 22 and 23, 2016 in a befitting manner in the city’s historic Suhrawardi Udyan.
With the Sheikh Hasina-led party winning power for the third consecutive time, the AL was preparing to hold a colourful, prestigious and unprecedented council session this year, said party insiders. Party central leaders, particularly those who were not nominated for the December 30 general election, have started lobbying with the AL high-ups in a bid to get better party positions at the national council.
In a bid to please the party president, these leaders have started organising different party programmes or highlighting the government’s success stories on their social media pages.
Meanwhile, AL central leaders, including joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Abdur Rahman and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, have started expressing hope to be the party general secretary as the incumbent, Obaidul Quader fall, is seriously ill.
Many of these leaders calculate that even if Quader is cured, his health would not permit him to be active in party activities.
Some of them have started publishing news items on their names on online news portals, attempting to present themselves as the aspirants for the AL general secretary’s post.
Talking to The Independent, a senior AL functionary revealed that the central leaders who did not get party tickets for the general election might be rewarded at the upcoming triennial council session.
“Though it completely depends upon party president Sheikh Hasina, but I think they will be given good positions in the party,” the leader said, wishing anonymity.
“Yes, almost all the central leaders are trying to satisfy Sheikh Hasina through their works in a bid to get better positions,” he added.
When contacted, AL organising secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan said: “Yes, lobbying for the party positions has already started as the 21st national council session is drawing near. But no lobbying would work as the party president will form her party’s central committee with those leaders who are dedicated, committed and worked for the party and the government.”
Swapan said the preparations for the 21st national council session were going very well and it will be held in due time. “Before holding the national council session, we will also be able to complete holding the party’s district level
committees,” he added. Similarly, district leaders are lobbying hard with the central leaders for good positions in the district unit committees as the party chief wants the holding of councils of all grassroots units to be over ahead of the national council session.
Bogra district AL unit leader Asadur Rahman Dulu said: “I will go to Dhaka and meet some central leaders to make them aware about my dedication to the party. Now I am a joint secretary of the AL unit in Bogura district.
But I want to be made the general secretary of our district committee at the upcoming district council session.”
Meanwhile, the AL has started its organisational tour across the country in full swing to strengthen the party at the grassroots level.
Following a directive from Sheikh Hasina, AL central leaders are collecting information about the condition of the party’s grassroots organizations. The organizational tour will be continue till the national council session.
“We will be able to complete our pending district council sessions by September ahead of the 21st national council session,” AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said.