The high-ups of the ruling Awami League are worried as the party is facing various problems, including internal conflicts and inclusion of ‘BNP-Jamaat’ men in the party ahead of the next national election.
Taking the matter seriously, AL central leaders will start visiting districts across the country on January 26 to talk to grassroots leaders to end the internal feuds and other problems.
During their visit, the party leaders will also urge people to cast votes for ‘boat’ symbol, party sources said.
Insiders say the AL has to pay a lot if the problems facing the party are not addressed before the next parliamentary elections which is likely to take place in December this year.
They say the ruling party is facing embarrassing situation over a move to include many activists of BNP and Jamaat with the post of assistant secretaries of AL sub-committees.
The draft list of those in the sub-committees signed by AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap went viral on social media, triggering protest by aspirants who did not find their names in the list.
The aspirants staged demonstrations in front of the AL president’s political office at Dhanmondi in protest against the move, prompting party general secretary to announce that there is no effect of the list.
Apart from the internal conflicts, the ruling party has also been facing criticism from its lawmakers due to scams in the country’s financial institutions.
Lawmaker Israfil Alam on Thursday placed a private member resolution before the House, seeking transparency and accountability in running banks and financial institutions.
He said the government’s successes have been marred due to some irregularities in the banking sector.
“Country’s progress will be obstructed if the government fails to address the flaws in the sector. We are embarrassed as debate or criticism on the financial and banking sector continues. It makes us speechless and also frustrated,” he said.
Insiders say the party is facing internal conflict due to some ministers and lawmakers’ harsh attitude towards the dedicated activists and if the problem is not solved soon, it may bring disaster for the party.
AL presidium member Faruq Khan told the daily sun that the party has already taken initiatives to resolve the internal conflicts.
“We have been working to resolve the problem before the national polls,” he said.
In view of the growing internal feuds, the party has already formed 15 teams led by presidium members. The teams will visit the districts to resolve the problems before the polls.
Insiders say that the teams will place reports before the party president mentioning the problems in the grassroots.
The AL has been running the state affairs since 2009 while political activities of rival parties, including the BNP-led 20-party alliance, remain almost inactive.
Under the circumstances, several groups have been created in every district and have got involved with internal feud over establishing supremacy and making fortune.
As intra-party feud appears a serious threat to the party, the party high-command already sat with some grassroots and elected representatives to resolve the problem in their areas.
Defying the party directive, grassroots leaders and activists continue with intra-party bloody clashes for establishing supremacy and making fortune.
The rivalry between land minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu, his son Shirhan Sharif Tamal and son-in-law Abul Kalam Azad is distinct at Ishwardi. The situation arises over establishing supremacy.
The AL is seriously facing intra-party feuds in many districts, including Brahmanbaria, Sylhet, Comilla, Chittagong, Feni, Noakhali, Luxmipur, Sathkhira, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Sunamganj, Gazipur, Madaripur, Faridpur, Khulna, Kustia, Jessore, Chuadanga, Rangpur, Gaibandha and Thakurgaon.