[Dhaka Correspondent] Awami League Monday decided to participate in the dialog with Election Commission on electoral reform scheduled for November 4. AL central working committee took the decision at a meeting at the party chief’s Dhanmondi office which also authorized the acting president, Zillur Rahman to finalize the list of the delegation for the dialog, meeting sources said.
As per the working committee’s decision, the acting president formed a 16-member committee to prepare full-fledged proposals for the talks. Monday’s meeting was, till November 1.
“We have decided to participate in the dialog with the Election Commission,” Zillur Rahman, told newsmen after the meeting. He also said that some resolutions including demands for lifting ban on politics immediately, unconditional release of the party president Sheikh Hasina, re-establishing the labor rights to run trade union as per the ILO convention, arrest of the abnormal price hike of the essentials, ensuring adequate supply of fertilizer and providing loan in easy condition to the farmers for post flood rehabilitation were also adopted in the meeting.
Meeting sources said the leaders observed that EC should increase the number of the AL delegation for the dialog from 10 and decided to communicate with the commission in this regard. “When small parties are allowed to sit the dialog with 10-member delegations, the number should be higher for such a large party like Awami League,” a presidium member Matia Chowdhury told newsmen.
As per the decision of the working committee, the party formed the 16-member committee to take part in the dialog and prepare necessary documents in this regard with presidium member Tofail Ahmed and acting general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam as convener and member secretary.
Other members are: Matia Chowdhury, Suranjit Sengupta, Abul Mal Abdul Muhit, Rahmat Ali, Mukul Bose, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Abdul Mannan, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Akhtaruzzaman, Sultam Mansur Ahmed, Abdur Rahman, Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Abdul Latif Siddique and AKM Jahangir.
“The committee will sit within one or two days to take preparation to participate in the dialog,” Tofail Ahmed told newsmen.
Although the agenda of holding talks with Election Commission was included in the meeting, the leaders also discussed various issues regarding the present activities of the party.
A central committee member AKM Jahangir, asked presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury for the progress about the inquiry of the attacks that took place on the dissidents during the last working committee meeting. He also wanted to know that why he was not called as witness during the investigation. Sajeda Chowdhury clarified that she was ill and was abroad which delayed the process and assured to submit the report after recording his (Jahangir) statement soon. Agitating activists of the AL and its front organizations manhandled an organizing secretary and insulted four other leaders during the working committee meeting on September 12. AL formed a one-member inquiry committee with Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury to probe into the attacks on September 15 and asked the committee to submit its report within one month.
Another leader Habibur Rahman Khan raised question on the statement of acting general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam where he urged the government to hold talks with the political parties. Such important issue should be discussed in party forum before making any announcement, the party should discuss about the necessity of holding talks with a non-political government, he opined. Pointing out the pre-meeting remarks made by presidium member Suranjit Sengupta to newsmen, Habibur also proposed to stop the practice of issuing personal statements to the press.
Most of the leaders, however, appreciated the move of holding talks with the government but opined that the issue should be discussed in party forum first, sources said.