The Awami League on Sunday expressed its concerns about the ‘slow’ progress in the treatment process for its president, Sheikh Hasina, and demanded her immediate release for treatment abroad as advised by specialist physicians.
The party’s presidium and secretariat members at a meeting in the party chief’s Dhanmondi office also demanded inclusion of Hasina’s personal physicians in the doctor’s panel at Square Hospital for her treatment.
The meeting, presided over by the acting president, Zillur Rahman, also adopted a set of resolutions demanding announcement of March 17 as a public holiday marking the birth anniversary of the first president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, permission for freedom fighter’s convention planned by the Sector Commanders’ Forum, arrest of essential goods price spiral, and withdrawal of the state of emergency and ban on politics, meeting sources said.
‘We are concerned about Hasina’s health condition. We demand she should be immediately sent abroad for ear treatment at least on humanitarian grounds,’ the acting general secretary, Syed Ashraful Islam, said after the meeting.
Terming the progress in her treatment process slow, he said the move is on, but it could be faster, if more specialist physicians are involved in the process.
‘Hasina’s personal physicians should be included in the doctor’s panel at Square Hospital,’ Ashraf said.
He also criticised the home adviser for his remarks that termed Hasina’s personal physicians partisan. Ashraf said such remarks undermined the ideology of medical profession.
Pointing out the failure of the interim government to arrest the price spiral of essential commodities, he said the functioning of the government could be questioned in this regard.
Defending the remarks of the Regulatory Reform Commission chairman, Akbar Ali Khan, also a former adviser to the caretaker government, who said the country was going through a silent famine, Ashraf said if the price situation could not be controlled, it could lead to an immediate disaster.
‘The meeting disagreed on the government decision of not allowing the sector commanders to hold freedom fighters’ conventions,’ Ashraf said. ‘The government should allow them to hold the conventions.’
He said the government should initiate dialogues with political parties immediately, reviewing the progress of the electoral reforms talks.
‘We have adopted a resolution demanding March 17 as a public holiday on occasion of the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,’ he said.
Two organising secretaries talked about the National Women Development Policy at the meeting and said the party should have a stand on the issue. Senior leaders, however, decided to discuss it at the next central working committee meeting.
It also decided that the party’s acting president and secretary would start communicating with district leaders after Independence Day to gear up party activities.
They also doubted the possibility for the timely holding of the national polls in view of the progress in voter enrolment. They demanded specific polls date.
Presidium members Amir Hossain Amu, Abdur Razzak, Tofail Ahmed, Zafar Ullah and most of the joint general and organising secretaries were present. Presidium members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Matia Chowdhury, Suranjit Sengupta and Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser did not attend.