Awami League district unit leaders under fire

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 23:49, Nov 22,2020 | Updated: 23:52, Nov 22,2020


Ruling Awami League has started removing presidents and general secretaries of its district units which face factional feuds.

Senior leaders of the party said that the move was taken to resolve grassroots-level factional feuds in the party.

On Sunday, the party removed its Sirajganj district unit president Abdul Latif Biswas and acting general secretary Md Habibe Millat, according to an Awami League press release.

Two AL presidium members told New Age that the party’s central working committee decided to remove presidents and general secretaries of the units where the leaderships are not united.

They said that cashing in on the feuds of grassroots leaderships, many opportunists had already obtained posts in different committees of the party. In the Sirajganj unit, the party on Sunday appointed vice-president AKM Hosen Ali as the acting president, removing Latif, and joint general secretary Abdus Salam Talukder as the acting secretary, removing Millat.

Latif told New Age that he had no idea about the reason behind his removal. Millat did not receive calls.

According to AL central leaders, similar action would be taken against leaders of more district units soon.

AL organising secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim told New Age that the party took the move to make it strong and united at the grassroots.

He said that the actions would continue as AL president Sheikh Haisna wants see the party untied.

Earlier on November 19, the AL fired its Narsingdi district unit president Nazrul Islam and general secretary Abdul Matin Bhuiyan following factional feuds among the top leaders of the district.

The party appointed Narsingdi district unit vice-president GM Taleb as its acting president and joint general secretary Pirjada Kazi M Ali as the acting general secretary.

The feuds between Nazrul, also the lawmaker for Narsingdi-1 constituency, and Matin have come to light as they did not participate together in any programme organised to mark the birth centenary of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, New Age correspondent in Narsingdi reported.

In March, the party’s Narsingdi district and city units organised separate programmes celebrating Sheikh Mujib’s birth centenary.

Matin was present at the city unit’s programme while the other programme was presided over by Nazrul.

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