Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Humayun Kabir respectively have been named as the president and general secretary of the Dhaka City South unit of Bangladesh Awami League, while Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and SA Mannan Kachi as the president and general secretary of the Dhaka City North unit respectively.
The names of the new leaderships of the two committees were announced on Saturday by AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader at the council held at the capital’s Institute of Engineers’ Bangladesh, next to the Suhrawardi Udyan. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the AL, inaugurated the council as the chief guest.
Both Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Humayun Kabir were the vice-presidents of the earlier committee of the Dhaka City South unit while Sheikh Bazlur Rahman was a vice-president of the Dhaka City South Unit AL and SA Mannan Kachai was a joint secretary.
According to the council sources, no voting was held in the selection of the new leaderships for the two committees. The councilors present had first proposed different names as the presidents and general secretaries. After the submissions of the proposals, councilors had been given 20 minutes to come to consensuses.
Since they failed to reach unanimous decision, the leaderships were finally decided through discussion with party chief Sheikh Hasina. The council was presided over by Dhaka City Unit AL’s incumbent president Abul Hasnat.
On the other hand, on the occasion of the council, thousands of leaders, activists and supporters thronged at the council venue from across the capital with various colourful banners, posters and festoons in their hands.
They also brought out a number of processions in support of the council. Besides, huge number of security men from different law-enforcement and intelligence agencies were deployed in and around the Suhrawardi Udyan for the security purpose.
Although the council was scheduled to be held in 2015 after three years of extension of the previous council, which were held in 2012, the council was held around seven years after.
Party sources said, aimed at bring changes in the leaderships, most of the leaders of the past committees have been phased out. As a result, a large number of the past committee did not get any position in the new committees.
It should be mentioned that councils of the ruling Awami League and its different front organisations are being held gradually.