The Awami League will not take
any disciplinary action, at least for now, against its former general secretary
Abdul Jalil for his recent derogatory remarks on the ninth parliament elections
as he has confessed to have become mentally imbalanced following alleged
torture in custody during the emergency rule.
The first meeting of the newly constituted Awami League central committee, the
highest policy-making body of the ruling part, which met on Saturday , is not
planning to discipline the side lived leader.
She told the new entrants to the party to keep in mind that the grassroots
level leaders were the driving force and the life blood of the party. They
should honour them for their contributions, sacrifices, leadership quality and
guidance over the years.
The Awami League chief said they should be prepared to face many obstacles and
conspiracies in running the party to its desired goal for serving the people's
cause. The party has to be restructured with the induction of new leadership to
create successors in the party so that they could face the stiff challenges of
the new millennium.
Sheikh Hasina said as the people's hopes and aspirations were high, the new
leaders of the party should pursue politics with honesty, dedication and
She said the new leadership should have to earn people's trust for
implementation of the people's expectations for a change of their lot by
strengthening the party throughout the country involving the young generation
Sheikh Hasina also called upon the new leaders to project the successes of the
nine-month-old government led by the Awami League among the people across the
Referring to the lease of gas blocks to foreign companies, the prime minister
said that her government would not do anything against national interests. In
this regard she referred to the government's decision to link up-Bangladesh
with the Asian Highway for deriving multi-faceted facilities, including
enhanced trade, investment and employment for Bangladesh.
Briefing reporters on the resolutions adopted at the ALCWC meeting, Syed Ashraf
said two thank-giving motions were adopted at the meeting in which party
president Sheikh Hasina was hailed for successfully completing the party's
national council within the shortest possible time in accordance with the
Election Commission set time.
He said the Prime Minister was felicitated at the meeting for her epoch-making
speech in the 64th United Nations General Assembly session in Bangla like her
father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman highlighting world peace, adverse
impact of climate change for global warming, alleviation of hunger and poverty
as well as creating a food safety network that enhanced the country's image at
home and abroad.