Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed her party rank and file to strengthen its grassroots by holding district councils ahead of the party national council session likely in October this year. Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, came up with the directive at a joint meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) and Advisory Council at the party headquarters at on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
“Our party chief has asked us to strengthen the party grassroots through holding fresh council sessions to its 78 organisational districts ahead of the national council session,” AL Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif told The Independent yesterday. Emerging from the joint meeting, Hanif, also the acting General Secretary of the AL, said they have already formed eight committees for eight divisions comprising presidium members, advisory council members and ALCWC members. These committees will visit different organisational districts soon to reconstitute the party at the grassroots, he added.
Meanwhile, the ruling party also plans to launch its organisational tour across the country soon in an effort to strengthen the party at the grassroots level before holding councils to districts, Upazilas and thanas.
Party insiders said the main objectives of the tours are to strengthen the organisation at the grassroots level and forming divisional committee to observe the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Another objective of the tour is to minimise intra-party conflicts at the grassroots level that gripped the party local leaders and workers centering the recently held local body elections, AL sources said.
Talking to The Independent about the joint meeting decision, AL central committee member Iqbal Hossain Apu said, “Our leader and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed us to get ready to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu gorgeously. The
year 2020-2021 will be observed as the Mujib Year and this will be celebrated both by the government and the party.”
Contacted, AL organising secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim said in yesterday"s meeting the AL chief directed party leaders to reorganise the grassroots to render the organisation stronger.
“Reorganise the grassroots level as they are the main source of strength for the party,” Nasim quoted the premier as saying.
“The party chief also ordered us to build new leadership at grassroots level of the organisation by holding fresh district council sessions,” he added.
At her introductory speech of the joint meeting, AL President Sheikh Hasina said after August 15, 1975, a dark era fell upon the whole nation where the people of the country did not get their desired development.
"On the other hand, whenever the AL formed governments, the lives of the country"s people changed. Today, Bangladesh is on its way to eradicate hunger and poverty," Sheikh Hasina said.
She mentioned that the AL, after returning to power in 2008, has been able to reduce the rate of poverty from 40 per cent to 21 per cent. "We"re on the way to ensure all the basic rights of people that have been enshrined in the Constitution," she added.
Sheikh Hasina said the people of the country are marching towards economic development and their fate has been changed.
"The touch of this development is visible in rural areas as villagers are now getting out of poverty and their solvency is increasing, which was the dream of the Father of the Nation," she said, adding that the popularity of the AL has been increasing day by day.
"Generally, the popularity of the ruling party wanes, but the case is different for AL," she said.
Hasina mentioned that in the last election held in
December 2018, people from all walks of life extended their support to the party.
"All wanted to see the AL in power to serve them, and they cast their votes for AL massively," the prime minister said.
On the other hand, Hasina said, BNP-Jamaat nexus took the election as a tool to make some money in the name of giving party nominations. "They were not serious about the election. Their intention was to make some hefty money through nomination trade. They suffered defeat in the election as result of that,” she added. Hasina said the aim of the government is to present a developed and prosperous life for the people of the country. "Bangladesh is marching ahead and will continue its journey towards prosperity... no one will be able to resist it," she said.