The ruling Awami League party announced the names of the full central committee on Thursday night. It was a surprise to many to see several imporatn party veterans like Amir Hossain Amu, Abdur Razzaq, Tofail Ahmed and Suranjit Sengupta being excluded from membership in the core policy committee.
Instead, there were six new inductees into the fifteen-member presidium committee: Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Raziuddin Ahmed Razu, Abdul Latif Siddiqui, Satish Chandra Roy, Sahara Khatun and Obaidul Quader.
Abdul Jalil, who resigned as the party’s general secretary days before the national council, has not been included in the advisory council.
The committee confirms speculations that those who had attempted party reforms after the 1/11 government takeover were being excluded from the upper echelons of the party.
Their successors to the posts are Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ahmmad Hossain, Mejbahuddin Siraj, BM Mozammel Haque, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Abu Sayeed Swapan and Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and Mahbubul Alam Hanif have been made joint general secretaries. Obaidul Quader and Syed Ashraful Islam held the posts in the last committee.
Newly elected General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam unveiled the committee at a press briefing at Jamuna, prime minister's official residence.