The high command of the ruling Awami League is evaluating the performance of the cabinet members, lawmakers and all leaders and workers as the national election is approaching. The party has also completed three and half years’ tenure of third straight term government amid the coronavirus pandemic coupled with Russia-Ukraine war, different natural disasters and conspiracies.
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina wants to make her party stronger especially at the grassroots level. She ordered the stalwarts to pay attention to make the Awami League stronger and vibrant. So, the performance and records of account of senior leaders, ministers, lawmakers, state ministers, deputy ministers and leaders of different associate bodies and student wing are being evaluated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, according to media report. She has already obtained information about the activities of her cabinet members, lawmakers and senior leaders.
What they did during the last three and half years and their performance and records of account are also being checked, cross checked and rechecked. Sheikh Hasina is also examining the contribution of her party’s stalwarts, cabinet members and lawmakers to their respective ministries and constituencies. Apart from these, what role was played by ministers, state ministers and deputy minister implementation of annual development programmes (ADPs) from the very beginning of the current tenure of the government is also being evaluated.
Sheikh Hasina is serving as the prime minister for the third consecutive term after her party won the 11th parliamentary election by a landslide on Dec 30, 2018. No leader in the country’s political history has been at the helm for this long. She formed a new government with 46 members of her new cabinet on Jan 7, 2019, pledging to continue the efforts to develop the nation and curb corruption. Most of stalwarts were excluded from her cabinet and the country got a cabinet with all members from the Awami League after 1973.
The party president is checking up whether senior leaders, cabinet members and lawmakers are involved in any corruption or wrongdoing at their respective duties. On the other hand, using the ruling party Awami League’s identity or its name, various groups of opportunists and ‘cuckoos of spring’ continue plotting to make evil attempts to serve their interests and create anarchy in the country in many ways.
So, the Awami League must keep a “constant vigil” to identify the intruders, opportunists ‘cuckoos of spring’, cheats and frauds and oust them immediately as they have already become internal threats for safeguarding the party’s image, country’s constitution and sovereignty. In the face of such over enthusiastic so-called leaders and workers’ activities, many dedicated, sincere and honest leaders and workers are being demoralised and sidelined gradually from grassroots to central level across the country. Besides, using the party identity as a political tool, they also formed different fake organisations in the name of Awami League, its different associate bodies, the name of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her mother Bangamata Sheikh Fojilatunnesa Mujib and other members of their family.
Reportedly, around 300 fake outfits centring the party have mushroomed across the country in the last few years. Party’s high command has already made the party’s stand clear that there is no scope to engage suddenly sprouted up organisations with the Awami League as the party has recognized associate bodies and sub-committees as per the constitutional provision of the party. And such illegal and dishonest acts by these groups are tarnishing the image of the party.
The Awami League should go for a crackdown against the fake outfits. Apart from the intruders, the party must take stern action against its leaders and workers who are allegedly directly or indirectly involved with these fake outfits and opportunist groups and sheltering them.
Since Awami League’s emergence as a grassroots party it has struggled to establish the people's rights and earned independence of the country under the leadership of Bangabandhu, the greatest Bangali of thousand years. And now the party is playing the pioneering role in leading the nation in achieving success in almost every arena under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina.
It is noticed that Bangladesh Nationalist Party in association with anti-liberation forces has been deliberately spreading propaganda at different platforms against the ruling Awami League. The party is now involved with conspiracies and propaganda as it fears about its political future. BNP’s falsehood and malicious remarks frustrate the people at a time when the nation is passing through a crisis period. The party is visible enemy of democracy and flag bearer of communal politics and instigator, patron of anti-liberation forces and instigator of radicalism. It is clear to all that BNP cannot accept the fact that Bangladesh is moving ahead under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina. The party’s senior leaders are now desperate to make the country a failed state and its people confused. They are criticising the government constantly on social and electronic media and their only job is to push the country towards darkness.
As the election is approaching, Bangabandhu’s killers, plotters at Tarique Rahman’s political office Hawa Bhaban and Jamaat-e-Islami are out to grab state power using the backdoor. Besides, some rightists, leftists and extreme leftists now have joined with them. Apart from them, a section of “ultra-learned” men who always look to foreigners, have also started doing their jobs like in the past as if they (foreigners) will install them to the state power.
Keeping the issue in minds, the Awami League leaders and workers from grassroots to central have to resist the evil forces those who want the country to become a failed state. Country’s people have trust in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she was able to address all the crises and challenges the Bangali nation witnessed in the last four decades. Therefore, if the honest, dedicated, talented, dynamic, tested and qualified leaders are evaluated in getting party’s important posts and tickets for contesting upcoming parliamentary polls, no conspiracy would be able to remove Awami League from power as it has public mandate.
S. M. Mizanur Rahman is working as Assistant Editor at Bangladesh Post