AL grassroots upset by misdeeds of ministers, MPs | 2017-05-17 |

AL grassroots upset by misdeeds of ministers, MPs

Shawkat Ali Khan     17th May, 2017 01:35:09 printer

AL grassroots upset by misdeeds of ministers, MPs

The grassroots of the ruling Awami League have been waiting to present misdeeds of some ministers and lawmakers before the party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during an extended meeting.


The party president asked all the organisational district unit presidents, secretaries, office secretaries and other important leaders to join the meeting at Ganabhaban.


The meting is scheduled to be held on May 20 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.


The grassroots alleged that ministers and lawmakers have got involved in internal feud and nepotism to establish supremacy in their respective areas.


Even, some of them joined hands with the anti-liberation elements and patrons the activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), a key rival of the ruling camp.


They said if they get any opportunity, they will present the real picture before the party president, who dreams of assuming office for the third consecutive term through the upcoming parliamentary polls slated for 2018-2019.


A district unit president told daily sun that they have two ministers but both of them maintain grouping and create obstacle to organisational activities at the grassroots.


“If I get an opportunity, I must apprise the party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the real fact,” the AL leader of greater Barisal told daily sun, wishing not to be named.


Portraying a sorry picture of a district in greater Mymensingh, a district unit leader said the minister along with his family members has been cornered.


“They do not have any public support. Even, the party leaders and activists are not with the minister due to his family’s alleged involvement,” said the leader wishing not to be named.


Bhola district unit president Fazlul Quader Maznu told daily sun that they would urge the party president to empower the grassroots in organisational activities and take opinion of the grassroots for nominating MP candidates.


“We will also request the prime minister to direct the ministers and lawmakers not to make unnecessary intervention in organisational activities,” he said.


He said that they would also request the premier to direct the ministers and lawmakers to increase their mass contact, shunning the culture of maintaining charmed circle.


Such a sorry state remains static in almost every district, including Brahmanbaria, Comilla, Chittagong, Satkhira, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Sunamganj, Gazipur, Faridpur, Kushtia, Jessore and Chuadanga.


The recent infighting between a minister and a lawmaker in Brahmanbaria embarrassed the high-command.


The local administration had to impose Section 144 in four upazilas of the district centring a programme of fisheries and livestock minister Sayedul Haq.


Gaibandha district unit president Syed Shamsul Alam Heeru said that most of the lawmakers had been detached from people.


“If I get a chance, I will present the scenario before our leader,” he said.


Satkhira district unit general secretary said a wide gap among the lawmakers, leaders and activists prevails across the country.


He claimed that some lawmakers do not have relations with 10 percent leaders and activists in their area.


“Due to the gap between the lawmakers and leaders, the upazila committees are yet to be declared despite the council sessions.

If I get an opportunity, these issues will be presented before the prime minister,” he said.


About the much-hyped meeting, AL insiders said the premier will inquire about the organisational activities through the grassroots and provide them directives ahead of the polls.

The AL president always says that the grassroots are the heart of the party and she will field candidates taking the opinions of the grassroots, they said.


Insiders said the party has already taken a move to tame the internal feud being alive across the country ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.


AL presidium member Faruk Khan told daily sun that as Awami League is a big party, there has been some internal feud in the grassroots.


“We have been trying to reduce the internal feuds,” he said.