The Awami League membership of Abdul Latif Siddique is expected to be scrapped tomorrow, despite the former minister reportedly submitting his reply to a party show-cause notice before its deadline expired yesterday.
The scheduled meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee is expected to make an official decision as per the party charter and drop Latif from all his posts in the ruling party.
On October 14, the party served a show-cause notice to Latif asking him to explain why he should not be expelled permanently. He was also directed to reply to the letter within seven working days.
Asked about it, party’s Deputy Office Secretary Mrinal Kanti Das said he did not have knowledge on the issue. “Party’s General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam will inform you [journalists] about the matter,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.
However, seeking anonymity, a source close to the general secretary told the Dhaka Tribune that Syed Ashraf had received the reply on Tuesday, in which the former minister defended himself against the allegations.
Presidium member Kazi Zafrullah told the Dhaka Tribune that the party had already finalised the decision to remove Latif from all posts of the party.
“Now we are just following the procedures of the party charter to finally expel him,” the leader said, adding that Latif was expected to be formally expelled on Friday through the cancellation of his party membership.