Awami League will emerge as a smart and modern political party through its upcoming national council scheduled for December 20-21, party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader said today.

“There will be no room for extortionists, tender manipulators and land grabbers and drug dealers in the new committee,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.

He was addressing a meeting with the party’s Rajshahi divisional representatives at the city this afternoon.

He also called upon the grassroots level leaders to update the party’s local committees of affiliated wings, which tenures have already expired, before the national council.

“If you (leaders) are failed to update the committee then the incumbent committee will be dissolved,” Quader said.

Sounding a note of caution that the party men who are indulged in criminal activities will not go unpunished, Quader said there is no need of opportunists in the party’s leadership.

“We want leadership with a clean image in the party,” the AL leader said.  

The minister said the ongoing crackdown against corruption, drugs and militancy will continue not only in Dhaka but also across the country.

Awami League is going to hold the 21st national council amid the party’s purification crackdown against the casino and illegal business across the country.

Sheikh Hasina, in an informal meeting with her party’s senior leaders at the Gono Bhaban recently, asked leaders of her party’s all associated bodies to hold their council within the timeframe.

The council will be inaugurated at Dhaka’s historic Suhrawardy Udyan around 3:00 pm on December 20 and the session will continue till December 21, according to the party decision.

The 20th triennial national council of Awami League was held at the same venue on October 22-23 in 2016.

The party’s councilors unanimously elected Sheikh Hasina as its president for the eighth consecutive term and Obaidul Quader as general secretary for the first time.


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