The Awami League’s Dhaka city units are yet to announce full-fledged committees despite the expiration of the three-year tenure of the committees formed last time. They are yet to declare the names of other members since announcing the names of the presidents and secretaries of the north and south committees on April 10, 2016.
But these presidents and secretaries are running all sorts of political activities in the city. This has been irking party leaders and workers who have been waiting for some positions. Some leaders and workers of the city committees have even become inactive.
Party insiders say that AL city leaders have failed to announce a full committee due to internal conflicts within the party rank and file. Though the city leaders had initially announced full committees for both north and south units, comprising 69 members for each unit, the committees were eventually cancelled in the face of protests from party leaders and workers.
Party leaders allege that the presidents and secretaries of the two city committees tried to make pocket committees by inducting their own people in the committees.
At a press conference on April 10, 2016, former AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam announced the new committee for Dhaka north and south city units. He declared Abul Hasnat as president and Shahe Alam Murad as general secretary for Dhaka south unit, while AKM Rahmatullah and Sadek Khan were declared president and general secretary, respectively, for the north unit.
He also announced the names of the presidents and general secretaries of 49 thana units and 103 ward committees of the city.
The last council of Dhaka city AL was held on December 27, 2012.
Shahidul Islam Milon, a ward-level leader of Jatrabari thana, told this correspondent that he has sacrificed everything for the party, but he has not received any party position in return.
“Our president and secretary are doing everything. They don’t invite us in any political or other type of functions as we have no position. We are eagerly waiting for a full-fledged committee, but our leaders are yet to declare the full committee,” he added.
He also called upon the party high-ups to take care of the matter to strengthen the organisation.
Jafar Ahmed Babu, a local leader of Dhaka 5 constituency, told The Independent yesterday if the party high-ups want to strengthen organisation, fully fledged committees should be announced immediately as the tenure of present committees has already expired.
"I think fully fledged committees are is not being announced due to infighting between presidents and secretaries. But it should not be... " he said.
"Our president and secretary have been assuring us of announcing full committee but they are yet to do so. We are fed up to the back teeth with our party leaders" he added.
However, Dhaka south city unit AL general secretary Shahe Alam Murad said: “We have already announced full-fledged committees for most of the thanas. Rest of the thana committee will be announced soon.”
Party sources say there is a longstanding
dispute between Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon and Dhaka
south city unit general secretary Shahe Alam Murad. Both want to induct their own people in
the committee and that is why announcement of the full-fledged committee for this unit is being delayed.
When contacted, AL presidium member Dr Abdur Razzaque said the full-fledged committees of two city units of the party had been submitted before the party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, but she did not approve them due to some allegations.
“But we had earlier directed the presidents and secretaries of the two committees to make full-fledged committees afresh,” he added.
Party insiders say that the Dhaka north city unit full committee was cancelled by the party chief Sheikh Hasina due to the allegation of induction of BNP-Jammat men. AL organising secretary Barrister Muhibul Hassan Chowdhury (Nawfel) said
the full committees for the two cities had been formed, but there are some allegations against these committees.
“And that’s why the announcement of these committees is being delayed. But I hope the committees will be announced soon for north and south city units,” he added.
In the last council, nearly 2,000 councillors and 3,000 delegates of the Dhaka city AL gathered to elect new leadership through voting, but it ended without any vote being cast. The council left the decision to the AL chief.
The 2012 council was held nine years after the previous council, which was held on June 18, 2003, where Mohammad Hanif was made president.