A much needed cleansing drive to reform AL, BCL
In a bid to oust all corrupt elements from the Awami League students' wing BCL (Bangladesh Chhatra League), Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has relieved BCL president and general secretary from their respective posts.
We welcome the PM's bold and sincere political commitment, acting in an exemplary manner against her deceitful party high-ups. Moreover, allegations of corruption have been raised against leadership of some more AL associate bodies and stern action will be taken against them too, an AL Presidium Member told this newspaper quoting the AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
For good many years, the BCL has evidently become riddled with countless acts of irregularities and misdeeds. It is perhaps the best of times to pull the correct strings to repair the damages that the BCL had incurred in its national image. Additionally, it is also time to form a probe committee for identifying the BCL thugs in guise of party activists while suspending all unscrupulous members.
The former East Pakistan student League, aka the Bangladesh Chattra League was formed by Bangabandhu in the spirit of a patriotic ideology to struggle for the peoples' rightful demands. Later it played a crucial role in our struggle for independence. However, in the last couple of decades, the BCL has radically shifted from a pro - people student wing to an aggressive and a shady political entity. It must come out of its hugely tarnished image and emerge once again the true spirits of our liberation war.
Those who have been relieved of their posts have unquestionably abused their political authority to the maximum limits. Drawing lessons from them, we expect all BCL activists to realise that their role in today's Bangladesh is even greater for being an associate political entity of the party in power. Scope for all types of misuse and abuse of political identity is there, and it is right on this point where we wish to see BCL leadership and activists to display the power of restrain and self control.
Apart from the reprimanded two high-ups, the AL has served show cause notices to 177 more AL leaders who contested for the chairman posts in upazila elections. The party in power is reported to serve show cause notices to their patrons too.
These are clear signs of positive changes taking place within our domestic political landscape. We believe the ruling party will go further beyond, so to free the party and its associate bodies of greedy, power hungry, self-seeking and derailed leaders.