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AL mulls dropping ministers, MPs from dist, UZ bodies

Published : Thursday, 16 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 736
Nazmus Sakib

Awami League is mulling over a plan to drop Ministers and MPs from the leadership of district and upazila committees to put the party on a sound footing. The ruling party thinks a leader entrusted with multiple responsibilities cannot do justice to all the duties and ultimately the party units suffer.
However, it may not be possible possible to implement the idea in all the committees, for which the party is weighing up applying the concept as far as it is practicable, according to AL high-command.
The oldest party of this land is now focusing on reorganizing the party at all levels. 
It wants to ensure that the government and party are not amalgamated for the purpose of thwarting catastrophe as the party is in power for third consecutive term.
According to the AL high-command, state machinery is under the control of the party and now the task is to strengthen the party and to keep up the work of winning the heart of the masses to ensure political control over the country.
By ensuring political control, the ruling party wants to place the government on a solid footing.
The leaders of grassroots have already been asked by the central committee led by Sheikh Hasina, also the Prime Minister, to finalize their committees by holding councils before the national council slated for October this year.
Awami League Presidium Member and lawmaker Faruk Khan told The Daily Observer, "We are mulling over a plan not to keep ministers and MPs in the district and upazila committees. However, the plan is subject to the particular organizational situation in an area."
He said the logic of not keeping ministers and MPs in those committees is that the respective units become weak as ministers and MPs cannot not play their role properly. The party, however, is yet to take decision on the plan, he said.
Now the central leaders are on visits to many places across the country as part of revamping the party units and giving them instructions to hold their councils at unions, upazilas and districts to select party leadership.
AL policymaker Faruk Khan said as the party men at district, upazila units have five-month time to form their committees, the AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC), by the time, is expected to take the decision of dropping ministers and MPs from the said units.
Talking to the central leaders, it is learnt that the party does not want to give scope to any party leader to become so powerful which is detrimental to the party ultimately. A leader with multiple posts also becomes a matter of intra-party conflict, they said.
The ruling party also wants to give vital posts to other leaders to strengthen the party and also to give them the posts as an opportunity to prove themselves and resolve intra-party conflict. 

It is observed that in the central committee formed after the last council two years ago, the ruling party led by Sheikh Hasina tried to separate the party from the government by not keeping most of the ministers in the vital posts.
Awami League Organising Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim said: "The party is now contemplating dropping Ministers and MPs from district and upazila units. However, we have not reached any decision yet."

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