An array of leaders and workers of ruling Awami League have expressed their anger and dismay over the kite-flying statements by party General Secretary Obaidul Quader about alleged intruders in the AL whom he branded as kawas (crows), hybrid and lately as farm bred chickens.
They are further annoyed because while saying so the party GS has not initiated or announced any action against those "unwanted" elements or to stem their inflow, allegedly from Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami. Thousands of leaders and activists are reportedly deserting their two parties and finding shelter in the Awami Legaue, with blessings of Awami local leaders under mysterious deals, party sources said.
The insiders of the Awami League said Obaidul Quader may use such words to indicate beneficiaries and newly inducted faces in the party those who are abusing party identity for personal interests. But he should refrain from using such words as they also demean the party and hurt the image of AL's overall rank and file.
Even the social networking websites were heated up by criticizing Obaidul Quader and his statements over the last few days. Also, some central leaders got embarrassed to comment about this matter.
A central leader said, "Why not ask the General Secretary to give list of those who are hybrid, crow and farm bred chicken."
If Awami League has such intruders than he (Obaidul Quader) should take punitive action against them, he told the Daily Observer.
AL insiders also said if he was so upbeat against against such elements then "why not he protested when thousands of BNP-Jamaat and other party leaders have joined the Awami League announcing it publicly and through approval of some party bigwigs. If these elements are harmful for the party, why they were included? One grassroots leader asked.
The statements about infiltrators in Awami League started coming from the outspoken AL GS just before the AL national council in October 22-23 last year which elected him as the General Secretary. Some questioned, was not Obaidul Quader a "hybrid" himself?
After taking office of the GS, he reinforced his statements by regularly "shooting" at crows and chickens at every party rally he has ever addressed.
A senior AL leader said as he is the General Secretary of the party it is his duty to identify intruders and punish them accordingly but why he did public stunt?
Defending his statement, Quader on Wednesday said at a briefing of AL, "It was not serious comment, I spoke it for fun and motivating leaders and activists present at Mujibnagar (on Monday)."
When asked about punitive action against intruders, Awami League Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said, "There are no intruders in the party, we have only those who are continuing party activities as they believes in party ideology, otherwise they do not have right to do politics."
"Abuser of party identity should be punished," he added.
About Obaidul Quader's remark, Awami League Presidium member Faruk Khan said, "Party has bad elements, but we have to take action against such elements soon to strengthen the party."
"As Awami League is a democratic political party everyone has the right to express his or her opinion but in a decent way," he said..