AL associate bodies’ conference

New faces with clean image to be prioritised

Staff Correspondent

Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said that new faces with clean image would be introduced as leaders of Jubo League and other Awami League (AL) associate bodies during the much awaiting upcoming conferences in November.

He said new conference means new faces. The scheduled November conferences of Jubo League and Swechchhasebak League would be held in time without making any compromise with top leadership posts.”

The AL general secretary came up with the observation while inspecting the road construction site near Meghna Ghat in Narayanganj on Saturday.

He further said, “A change of leadership is coming through the conferences as we want to advance our party creating a team of leadership mixing experience with youthfulness.”

Meanwhile, the AL central office at Bangabandhu Avenue is buzzing with the presence of leaders and activists of different associate bodies of the party every day. After the announcement of the conference date, the grassroots activists of four associate bodies of Awami League – Awami Jubo League, Swechchhasebak League, Krishak League and Jatiya Sramik League – have become very active and lively.

Aspirants are  lobbying with top party leaders in a bid to get top positions in the new committees. 

The Dhanmondi political office of AL President Sheikh Hasina is also thriving with the activities different leaders of the aAL associate bodies.

But at this stage, sources said, no leaders have been able to give any indication as who is going to steer these organisations.

Several AL presidium members told the Bangladesh Post that at present, everyone’s eyes are on the party President Sheikh Hasina. She has started analysing reports on different aspirants eyeing the top posts.

They said after the present leaders of different AL associate bodies were found involved in various misdeeds, directly or indirectly, the party’s high command is now seeking new leaders with clean image at the top posts.

Notable, during the recent crackdown a result, including top four posts of these four organisations and directly or indirectly involved with the management of tenders and extortion and casinos are going to be dropped from next committee.

Awami League Presidium member Kazi Zafar Ullah, in his speech, said, only dedicated and deserving people will be given the opportunity. Those who are not accused of corruption and are not more than 50 years old, is not associated with illegal income like extortion and casinos - will get a place in the committee. There is no opportunity for any planning or lobbying around the upcoming conference.

He added neither relative nor close to a great leader will be considered to secure a position in the committee. It is expected to be a council for three years which will bring new leadership.

A keen analysis is taking place on who will be the new chairman-general secretary. Earlier, on July 14, 2012, a new committee was formed by Omar Faruq Chowdhury as chairman and Harunur Rashid as general secretary. The three-year term committee expired four years ago, he further added.

One of the leaders of the presidency said the journalists that there are big surprises coming in this year's Jubo League committee. The Prime Minister is giving the responsibility to someone who will actually fit for the post and will make the countrymen happy.”

The leader further added no matter how big the godfather or criminals, those who deal drugs, corruption, tender, and extortion none one will be exempted even if they are from Jubo League. There should be no compromise on this. The Prime Minister is firmly committed to the zero tolerance against corruption.

Jubo League Chairmen List:

Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh son of Founder Chairman of Jubo League, Captain of Bangladesh Cricket Team Mashrafee Bin Mortaza, Awami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak’s cousin Advocate Saidur Rahman Shahid, Former Acting Chairman of Jubo League Mahbubur Rahman Hiran,