Integrity drive to be conducted inside AL if necessary: Obaidul

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 19:04, Sep 17,2019


Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. -- New Age file photo

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday warned that if necessary, an integrity drive would be conducted inside the party to prevent corruption and wrongdoings.

‘The incident of Chhatra League was an unprecedented one. This type of incident didn’t occur in the past,’ he told a press briefing on contemporary affairs at the Secretariat in the city.

Obaidul said intelligence agencies had been asked to give reports on whether any wrongdoing or corruption had taken place anywhere in the country. ‘Based on the reports of the intelligence agencies, an integrity drive would be conducted inside AL if necessary. Nobody will be spared if found involved,’ he added.

Stating that the government is taking stern action against those involved in corruption and irregularities, he said, ‘The government has taken a zero tolerance policy towards corruption. Even if any AL man gets involved in wrongdoings, he or she would not be spared. All wrongdoers must face the music.’

Obaidul, the road transport and bridges minister, said punitive action was taken against the president and general secretary of Chhatra League for the first time in the country, due to their misconduct, which was an exceptional incident.

‘There is no such example of taking such punitive action against the leaders of any student organisation in Bangladesh,’ he added.

About the upcoming National Council of Awami League, he said, ‘Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is the president of AL. All party leaders have the right to be candidates in the council’.

Commenting on the alleged corruption of Jahangirnagar University, the AL general secretary said action would be taken against JU vice-chancellor Professor Farzana Islam if she was found guilty during the probe. ‘If she is found involved in corruption, obviously action will be taken against her,’ he said.

About BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s demand for resignation of the JU VC, Obaidul said: ‘Mirza Fakhrul demands resignations of all. He demands PM’s resignation. He himself demands his resignation. After winning in polls, he resigned’.

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