The ruling Awami League has served a show-cause notice to former minister Abdul Latif Siddique asking him to explain why he should not be expelled from the party permanently.
Awami League Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap yesterday confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.
He said: “Latif Siddique has been asked to reply to the show-cause notice within seven days.”
The show cause notice was sent to Latif’s house in Kalihati upazila of Tangail district. The notice was served under section 46 (I) and (X) of party charter.
Awami League has called the next meeting of its central working committee on October 24, 2014 at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s official residence Ganabhaban.
Party sources said that the meeting was called only to take a decision on Latif.
While addressing a programme in the US on September 28, Latif made derogatory remarks on Hajj, Tablighi Jamaat and the prime minister’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy.
The minister’s “derogatory” comments on Hajj have sparked widespread criticism both at home and abroad.
Following the issue, the government sacked the minister from the cabinet on October 12 and the same day Awami League also removed Latif from its presidium body and temporarily cancelled his primary party membership.