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AL bent on purging party of corrupt elements

Published : Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 815

The ruling Awami League has launched a countrywide crusade against tender manipulators, land grabbers and corrupt elements in the party and its associate bodies across the country including the capital city.   
An anti-graft drive by the Head of the Government has led to swathes of removals from their posts recently.
Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and Golam Rabbani were removed from the posts of Chhatra League president and general secretary for their controversial activities on September 14.
AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hinted that like the BCL, similar fate awaits those in the leadership of some associate bodies against whom allegation of corruption has been raised, an AL Presidium Member told the Daily Observer.
Sheikh Hasina doesn't like criminal and unethical activities. If anyone of her party leaders was found involved in such kind of activities he/she will also face punishment, sources said.  
Ariful Islam Arif vice precedent of Chhatra League (North) was suspended on September 16 for demanding Tk 20,000 as bribe from a public bus transport company, according to a party press release.
A high official of the intelligence service told this correspondent that vested quarters, comprising Jubo League men, were involved in collecting extortion money from various sectors, manipulation of tender and grabbing disputed land in Dhaka city.
The Public Works Department implemented several projects involving thousands of crore of taka
in the last 10 years across the country for the welfare of the people. Source said that some Jubo League leaders illegally secured tenders for these projects.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina further said she had warned a Jubo League leader to stop extortion but he didn't pay heed to her warnings.
Some members might be removed from the top posts of the Dhaka (South) and Dhaka (north) city units of the youth front of the ruling party.
Party sources said a number of Jubo League leaders of Dhaka (north) city unit were involved in garbing disputed land and some leaders of the Jubo League of Dhaka (South) were involved in corruption and tender manipulation.
The removal of two top BCL leaders was a signal from the party president that she wants to purge her party and its associate bodies of errant elements.
"The removal of Chhatra League president and general secretary is just the start," said one of the AL leaders seeking anonymity.
The intelligence agencies were keeping strict surveillance on party men's illegal activities in the country, said officials.
A high official of the intelligence agency told this correspondent a beneficiary group were trying to dominate grassroots level leaders and die hard party supporters and damaging party image and efforts to forge unity and ensure discipline have failed to yield satisfactory results.
Several district-level leaders claimed that each and every unit of the party was divided and many leaders think that many of them are not committed to the party principles.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said intelligence agencies have been asked to give reports disregarding the influence of the leaders in the party. "Nobody will be spared if found involved in corruption or misdeed," he added.
He said, "The government has taken a zero tolerance policy towards corruption. Even if any AL man gets involved in wrongdoings, he or she would not be spared. All wrongdoers must face the music."
The Road Transport and Bridges Minister said punitive action was taken against the president and general secretary of Chhatra League for the first time in the country, for their misconduct, which is an exceptional incident.
"There is no example of taking such punitive action against the leaders of any student organisation in Bangladesh," he added.
About the Jubo League 'tribunal' for offenders, Quader said, "We are observing the activities of the Jubo League."

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