'It is the very first council of the Awami League where leaders have travelled by helicopter and plane to save time and reach out to more and more districts'
The ruling Awami League has held party councils in 28 districts in just 22 days in preparation for its 21st National Council scheduled for December 20 and 21.
According to sources, it is a record for the party that its leadership was able to hold councils in 28 districts in such a short time. The sources have said it was possible because the top Awami League leaders who were tasked with this responsibility had taken it as a challenge.
Seeking anonymity, a joint secretary of the Awami League told Dhaka Tribune on Thursday: "It is the very first council of the Awami League where leaders have travelled by helicopter and plane to save time and reach out to more and more districts."
Our correspondent was able to get hold of the official list containing information regarding the Awami League's district councils.
According to the list, from November 26 to December 11, the Awami League held councils in a total of 14 districts, including, Rangpur district, Rangpur city unit, Dhaka city north and south unit, Bogra, Chittagong, Barisal city unit and Rajshahi, Bagerhat, Comilla north unit, Khulna district, Khulna city unit, Habiganj and Lalmonirhat.
Party sources said the decision on the national council of the Awami League was taken at a meeting of the central working committee held at the official residence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 14 September.
At the meeting, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina directed party leaders to complete as many district councils as possible before its National Council in December.