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Awami League faces instability, asks party chief to intervene

  • Published at 12:44 am July 13th, 2019
Awami League office Bangabandhu Avenue
File photo of the Awami League central office at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

PM calls for enforcing party discipline, resolving intra-party conflict

The ruling Awami League has been going through a long period of instability, which the party's top brass have promised to address in its latest central working committee meeting. 

Party sources said that Awami League central leaders aimed to put forward several issues to party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the meeting.

A joint secretary of Awami League told Dhaka Tribune that several issues, including decision on rival candidates, rival candidates' patronizers and the party's councils would be discussed at the meeting.

The leader said: “There is a lot of conflict among leaders of all units, lawmakers and ministers, which is why we cannot complete the councils of several units. Several party leaders are also sheltering rival candidates of the last upazila elections.

“We discussed these issues and agreed to uphold them before the party president and hope she will direct us on the next course of action,” he added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday called for enforcing discipline and resolving intra-party conflict to strengthen the ruling party.

She said this while delivering her introductory speech at a meeting of the party's Advisory Committee and Central Working Committee at her official Ganabhaban residence, on Friday afternoon.

“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu had brought independence for the nation by strengthening the party,” she said.

Emphasizing on further strengthening the party and shaping favourable public opinion, the Awami League chief said political strength and public support are very much needed to this end.

Earlier on Sunday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader had also said that the ruling party is facing several inner conflicts, adding: “There are some problems  at the grassroots levels of local units. Some party leaders contested in upazila elections against party-nominated candidates and we were also unable to finalize the councils for some units.” 

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, further said joint secretaries of the party have been tasked to solve these problems and hoped the issues will be sorted out soon.