Omar Faruk removed from Jubo League

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 21:19, Oct 20, 2019 | Updated : 22:35, Oct 20, 2019

File photo of former Jubo League chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury MEHEDI HASAN

Omar Faruk Chowdhury has been relieved of his post of the chairman of Jubo League, the ruling Awami League’s youth affiliate.
The decision came on Sunday (Oct 20) at a meeting between Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and leaders of the front organization on Sunday (Oct 20), Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader told the media after the meeting at the PM official residence the Ganabhaban.
An age limit of maximum 55 has also been set for the members of the organization, he said before adding a committee has been formed to prepare for the front organisation’s upcoming council slated for Nov 23, when the new leadership will be elected.
Jubo League Presidium member Chayan Islam has been made the convener of the panel while its General Secretary Harun-ur- Rashid will serve as its member secretary, said Quader.
Rumours were swirling that Faruk was expelled and replaced by MP Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, whose father Sheikh Fazlul Haq Mani was the founding Jubo Leauge chairman, as the acting chief.
Quader, however, said Faruk was relieved of duty not expelled.
In response to a query on who will lead the organization, the senior party leader said, “The committee [formed on Sunday] will be in charge of organising the council.”
Omar Faruk has been leading the organization for almost ten years now. In 2009, he was made the acting chief, when the-then Jubo League president Jahangir Kabir Nanak was inducted to the Awami League’s central committee as well as made a cabinet member.
During the organisation’s Sixth Congress in 2012, Faruk was made the chairman.
After the government launched the crackdown in mid-September against several Jubo League leaders, Faruk slammed it saying he believed it was a “conspiracy against his organization”.
He, however, changed his stance and said Jubo League would take action against anyone caught in the crackdown.
On Oct 3, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit asked all banks and financial institutions to send information related to the bank accounts of Faruk.
Before that, Bangladesh Bank froze the accounts of Faruk and some other top Jubo League leaders after a crackdown on casinos was launched.