DHAKA, Jan 29, 2016 (BSS)- Preparations for holding the 20th triennial national council of the Awami League (AL) in the capital on March 28 are going on in full swing.
Well ahead of its national council, the party decided to complete the long pending councils of the district units. As part of the preparations of its national council, AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has already submitted to party President Sheikh Hasina the drafts of 10 sub-committees.
Sheikh Hasina is the chairman of the AL national council preparatory committee while the 10 sub-committees constituted ahead of the party council have already started their respective work.
Out of 70 organisational district units of AL, councils of 59 district units have already been completed while the dates for holding of the councils of seven district units have been finalised. At the latest, the council of Chandpur district AL was held on January 27.
Besides, council of Cox’s Bazar district AL will be held on January 31, Kishoreganj district AL on February 15, Netrokona on February 23, Sunamganj on February 25, Shariatpur on February 27 and Bhola district AL on February 28.
Some central AL leaders indicated that some amendments might be brought to the party constitution to expand the size of the AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC) at the national council. They also hinted that there might be at least three more posts of organising secretaries and posts of joint general secretaries might also be increased while a new post for information technology secretary could be created. The party presidium may also be expanded.
At present there are seven organising secretaries of AL, who have been entrusted with responsibilities to oversee party activities in seven divisional headquarters. One post of organising secretary has to be created for newly commissioned Mymensingh division while the government is going to announce soon Comilla and Faridpur as divisions and in that case two other posts of organizing secretaries have to be created, the sources in AL said.
They added that the new organisational AL district units will be Dhaka City South and Dhaka City North, Faridpur City and Mymensingh City.
Talking to BSS, Awami League presidium member Obaidul Quader said, “The total field of work of a large party like ours is also large. That’s why it is a necessity to expand the size of the ALCWC with the induction of more members. Though it was discussed in the party, final decision has not been taken as yet.”
The AL sources also hinted that the new committees of all the district AL units would be announced within the next month (February) and after that the meeting of the AL national committee would be held in which the party’s income-expenditure and annual report would be finalised. And then the inaugural session of AL national council will be held in the city’s historic Suhrawardy Udyan on March 28.
In its second session to be held in the adjoining auditorium of the Institution of Engineers, new president and general secretary of the party would be elected by the participating councillors from across the country.
The last triennial national council of Awami League was held on December 29, 2012.