A joint meeting of Awami League's Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision-making body of the ruling party, and the Advisory Council will be held today (Saturday) at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's official residence Gonobhaban.
Party sources said that there are many issues to discuss outside the party's regular meeting, it's very crucial due to PM's week-long visit to the United States of America. According to the party constitution, it is mandatory to hold ALCWC meeting at least once every two months.
Sheikh Hasina, also AL president, is dissatisfied with many issues. The PM on Thursday said, "War criminal Delwar Hossain Sayedee's death penalty getting reduced by Supreme Court to lifetime imprisonment in jail is a binding judgment even though it is undesirable."
She also vented her anger at the AL leaders for being 'unreliable'. When the party chief was walking out of Parliament at the end of the day's session, she was heard saying, "All the AL leaders can be bought."
The party President's comment made many AL stalwarts nervous and worried.
Sources said that at the ALCWC meet to be chaired by Sheikh Hasina, she might instruct the party's rank and file to reorganise most of its metropolitan, district and upazila unit committees, tenure of which expired.
Meanwhile, AL's organisational activities have apparently come to a standstill after it secured a second consecutive victory in January 5 election.
This is viewed that around 100 local leaders and activists of ruling AL have been killed across the country between April and September this year on internal feuds, opposition "miscreants," as well as criminals.
The AL joint meeting is of significance as the PM is expected to undertake a weeklong visit to the United States from September 21 to September 30 to attend the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Bangladesh will celebrate 40 years of its membership with the United Nations. Hasina will deliver a special speech in the afternoon on September 27 at Central Park at New York in front of 60 thousand people in Bangla following her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was the first to introduce the language to the world by delivering his speech in Bangla at the UNGA in 1974.
Moreover, Hasina is scheduled to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the summit with many world leaders including her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on September 27. It is considered to be very significant since the two leaders will meet for the first time.
The meeting will also discuss the country's latest socio-political and organisational matters, including the recent Supreme Court verdict on war criminal Sayedee.
The ruling party will also discuss how to face the propaganda against and convince the people about the necessity the 16th amendment to the Constitution.