A meeting of the Awami League (AL) Central Executive Committee will be held in Dhaka on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the meeting at Prime Minister`s official residence Ganabhaban at 6 pm. The meeting at the Awami League secretariat will be held on the next day (Tuesday). Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will preside over this meeting at party president`s political office in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The topic of the two meetings is the same, the month of mourning, which is August.
It is learned that the main discussion of the central executive committee and secretariate meeting will be held in August to keep the atmosphere of mourning through August. In the last few years, August month turned into a month of the festival. This is a kind of disrespect to Bangabandhu. This time, Awami League is determined to stop such incidents.
Every year, when August comes Awami League and its various organizations observe the day in such a way that it looks more like a festival rather than being mournful. The organizations use high volume microphones and arrange banquets. Therefore, there remains no grief any longer. The emotions of mourning are ruined. The mourning turns into a festival. Instead of paying homage to Bangabandhu, they disrespect him. Since Awami League came to power, such celebrations have increased gradually.
Besides, there are various types of banner-festoons placed in the month of mourning including the capital Dhaka. In these banner-festoons, pictures are designed in such a way that Bangabandhu and Prime Minister`s faces are hardly seen by the people. But their own pictures are printed in a larger size. Such banner-festoons have more self-motivation rather than observing the mourning day.
This time the month of mourning is in a time when the election is only a few months away. That is why the arrangement will be more in the month of mourning. The two top-level meetings of Awami League are being held. In those meetings, strict instructions were given to prevent the unrestricted arrangements for the mourning day. It is known that three directives will be given to leaders and workers after the meetings.
The first instruction is there will be no incident of extortion in the name of the ceremony on the occasion of the month of August. Awami League`s top leadership does not want to destroy the image of the party in this year`s election due to extortion.
The second instruction is that there will be less number of banners and festoons than the previous years. The number will be limited. After making the banners-festoons, they should be placed in certain locations with the permission of the central committee and local committee of Awami League. These banners and festoons will carry the mark of mourning, there will be no sort of publicity messages.
Every year, various organizations arrange different programs, but there is hardly any coordination. Therefore, the third instruction is, each committee has to take permission from the central committee; if the program is arranged at the local level, the committee will take permission from the local committee, same goes for district-level committees. This instruction will be followed to maintain coordination among the committees. Moreover, the month-long programs of the central committee will also be approved by the meeting.
It has been learned that Awami League will keep strict vigilance so that the month of mourning does not turn into a festival like the previous years.