AL doesn’t need opportunists: Quader

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Rajshahi, Mar 01: Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday called for strengthening the party aimed at taking the country forward.“AL doesn’t need opportunists,” Quader said while addressing as chief guest the opening ceremony of triennial council of Rajshahi city unit of AL at historic Madrasha ground here.

All the party units and associate bodies will be reshuffled with only the devoted ones, he said, adding that if the committees are formed with pocket-men, AL will go into the hands of opportunists. So, no pocket committee will be formed.

Noting that conspiracies are being hatched against AL, Quader said all leaders and activists should remain united to strengthen the party for thwarting the conspiracies.

Obaidul Quader went on saying that interests of dedicated leaders and workers must be protected because they are the lifeline of the party.

“We don’t give shelter to any opportunists, extortionists, land grabbers and drug-traders in AL,” he warned, adding that becoming workers instead of leaders is very important for the party.

Addressing the meeting as special guest Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said the present BNP’s politics has become centered to the illness of Khaleda Zia and Skype of Tarque Rahman.

He said Bangladesh has attained significant progress in all development indicators under the present Awami League government. “Magically, Bangladesh is going ahead under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” said Dr Hasan also the AL Joint General Secretary.

He said continuity of power stands as a significant aspect for taking the country to people’s desired stage. “We don’t want to remain in power for a single day without public support,” the minister said citing reference of many countries which are being governed by a single party for long.

Hasan Mahmud said adverse and derogatory behaviors of party leaders and workers are more harmful for AL than those of the opponent BNP. So, all the party leaders and workers should remain alert in this regard, he added.

Chaired by AL City unit President and Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, the opening session was addressed, among others, by AL presidium members Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretary SM Kamal Hossain, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, MP, Nurul Islam Thandu and Akhter Jahan.

Among others, Advisory Committee Members Prof Abdul Khaleque and Prof Saidur Rahman Khan, Enamul Haque, MP, Ayen Uddin, MP, Prof Monsur Rahman, MP, Dr Samil Uddin Ahmed, MP, and Advocate Adiba Anjum, MP, were present on the occasion.

Earlier, they opened the conference through hoisting national and party flags and releasing pigeons and balloons.