AL to purge about 18,000 ‘infiltrators’
The Awami League is going to purge 18,000 'infiltrators' from the party in a move to put the party on a sound footing.
The ruling party will execute its decision of kicking out the intruders in the party before the next national conference.
According to AL sources, the party has made a primary list of about 18,000 infiltrators. The district units have already sent the lists of infiltrators in their districts to the party.
To identify the intruders, the AL Central Working Committee (AL) formed eight committees led by presidium members. The committees also inducted eight organising secretaries.
Awami League Presidium Member Faruk Khan told the Daily Observer, "Our party has decided to identify the infiltrators in the party and purge the party of them. We do not want any infiltrator in the party."
"Our party also decided to suspend the rebel candidates and their backers from the party posts for violating party decisions in the upazila elections," he added.
He said, "After completing the two processes, the eight committees will ensure holding councils in districts, upazilas where the tenure of the committees has expired."
Faruk Khan said we have asked the organising secretaries to work to identify the infiltrators and they are working on it. "We will sit to discuss the issue," he said.
When contacted, AL Organising Secretary BM Mozammel Haque said, "Our work on identifying the infiltrators is going on as there is no room for BNP-Jamaat men and the accused of terrorism and criminal activities in the AL."
The party sources blamed infiltration of BNP-Jamaat men for the internal feuds in the party units at the grassroots level. Many AL leaders also made arrangement for the infiltrators to join the party to establish their authority which had a negative impact on the units.
An Awami League presidium member said since 2012, the infiltrators continued to enter the AL. They are working as the source of opposition. In many areas, many infiltrators were given posts.
AL leaders stated several times that the infiltrators have become a cause of concern for the ruling party as they engaged themselves in criminal activities but the party became the target of criticism.
Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, also the Information Minister, has recently said at a programme of the party that as the AL is in power for three straight time, many persons infiltrated the party. "We will have to kick the infiltrators out of the party," he said.