Faruk fired, body formed to run JL till congress

Age limit 55

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 21:22, Oct 20,2019 | Updated: 01:22, Oct 21,2019


Omar Faruk Chowdhury

Awami League youth front Juba League’s chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury was removed from his position in the organisation on Sunday.

The decision came from a meeting at the Ganabhaban, official residence of prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina with her in the chair.

The meeting was called by Sheikh Hasina to talk about the preparations for Juba League’s seventh national congress scheduled for November 23.

Emerging from the meeting, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader told reporters that Faruk was relieved from the position of Juba League’s chairman as there were some allegations of irregularities against him.

Obaidul informed that a congress preparation sub-committee, led by JL presidium member Chayan Islam as convener and GS Harunur Rashid as member-secretary, was formed at the meeting.

All members of the JL working committee will work as members of the sub-committee, he added.

He further said that none was made acting chairman as the sub-committee was assigned to lead the organisation.

The meeting also decided that the highest age of JL leaders would be 55 years, Obaidul said.

Sheikh Hasina called the meeting after the JL leaders had sought her suggestion as Faruk refrained from joining any party activity.

Faruk, who has been out of the public eye for about two weeks, continued to skip party programmes and avoid phone calls from party members after he faced serious criticisms following  the crackdown on illegal businesses mainly run by JL leaders and activists since September 18.

On October 10, Faruk remained absent even from a JL presidium meeting at its central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.

In absence of Faruk, Harun chaired the meeting.

On October 3, the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit sought details of all bank accounts held by Faruk.

At least six Juba League leaders were arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion for their alleged involvement in illegal casino operations in the capital.

On October 6, Juba League Dhaka south unit’s president Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat and vice-president Enamul Haque Arman were suspended from their posts hours after they were arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion in Cumilla.

The same day, the authorities slapped a ban on foreign travel by Faruk.

After the ban he was not seen in any political programme, said party activists.

The top five JL leaders included chairman Omar Faruk, presidium members Sheikh Fazlul Haque Maruf, Nurunnabi Chowdhury, Mizanur Rahman and Atiar Rahman.

According to party insiders, entry of Faruk,  Maruf, Nurunnabi Chowdhury, and Atiar into the Ganabhaban was restricted recently after the ongoing drive against corruption was launched.

Earlier on September 14, Sheikh Hasina removed the president and general secretary of pro-AL student body Bangladesh Chhatra League amid various allegations raised against them.

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