AL to start preparations for council after Eid

Mahbub Hasan
Published : 19:31, May 30, 2019 | Updated : 19:46, May 30, 2019

Awami League supporters are seen at party rally at Dhaka`s Suhrawardy Udyan in this March 2018 photo. FOCUS BANGLAThe ruling Awami League is set to start the process to hold its national council, slated for October, after the Eid-ul-Fitr.
Senior leaders of the party will start its visit to the eight divisions soon after the festival and simultaneously, councils for party units in metropolitan cities, districts and upazilas will be held.
“Preparations actually kicked off when the party’s central executive committee decided the national council will be held in October. It, however, has remained halted for the Ramadan, which will resume after the Eid,” Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif told Bangla Tribune.
All grassroots, district and upazila units of Awami League have been asked to complete their councils to strengthen the party’s organizational structure and boost party activities, he added.
The Awami League holds its council every three years following its charter.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was re-elected president of the party for the eighth consecutive term in the last council held on Oct 23, 2016.
The 2016 photo shows Awami League chief chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (middle) with former AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam (left) and incumbent party GS Obaidul Quader (top right) during the party’s 20th National Council in Dhaka. COURTESYObaidul Quader replaced Syed Ashraful Islam as general secretary at the time.
According to Awami League insiders, Hasina had instructed senior leaders to complete the councils for the district units during the central executive body’s meeting in April.
In line with the chief’s order, the party has already started listing units in 77 organisational districts, which are now operating with expired committees.
Sources in the party say that councils in most of the district units are scheduled to be completed by July.
“Eight teams for eight organizational divisions have been formed and they will tour the country to finish council-related work,” Kazi Zafrullah, a member of the policymaking Presdium, said.
He said they expect the teams to file their reports by July. “The next organisational decisions will be based on their recommendations.”
The organising secretaries will set the date for council for districts upon discussing with the respective unit’s president and general secretaries, added Zafrullah.