Awami League general secretary and Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader who is undergoing treatment in Singapore is now out of danger. His ventilation has been removed and he is responding to the doctor`s call. Doctors of Singapore`s Mount Elizabeth Hospital said that if everything goes well, Quader would undergo bypass surgery in the next week. And it is expected that he would come back home within the next one to one and half months if his surgery is successful. But Quader will have to follow a strict routine after coming back. He has to reduce his work load and busy schedule. And so, the question arose on whether he can serve as a minister and general secretary of the party at the same time. So, will a new general secretary take the responsibility of Awami League? Two days after Obaidul Quader went to Singapore, Mahbubul Alam Hanif took charge as acting general secretary in accordance with Awami League`s constitution. The question of who will be the next general secretary of Awami League arose after he was given the responsibility. Awami League’s council is scheduled to be held by October.
It is found after revisiting the history of Awami League, acting general secretary became the general secretary of the party several occasions. Awami League`s first general secretary was Shamsul Huq. Bangabandhu first became the acting general secretary and later served as general secretary of the party after Mr Huq had become ill. After 1975, Begum Sajeda Chowdhury first became acting general secretary and later took over responsibility as the full general secretary. Even late Sayed Ashraful Islam served as acting general secretary as a substitute of Abdul Jalil. Later he was elected as the general secretary. Will a similar case happen with Mahbubul Alam Hanif?
Many sources of Awami League said that Obaidul Quader would not be removed from general secretary post just because of his physical condition. Because Abdul Jalil became party`s general secretary after undergoing bypass surgeries for twice. People can lead a normal life even after bypass surgery by following the proper rules and regulations. Therefore, most of the party leaders think that Obaidul Quader will be serving as the general secretary in the next council too.
However, some Awami League leaders said that the idea of separating the party with the government in Awami League has been going on for a long time. After Mahbubul Alam Hanif`s selection as an acting general secretary, the ruling Awami League gets a leader in this post for first time who is not a minister. In 2009, the late Sayed Ashraful Islam became the LGED Minster while he was serving as party`s acting general secretary. According to many sources of Awami League, a lot depends on Hanif`s performance as the full-time acting general secretary. If Hanif can work well for the next two-three months and gain the trust of the leaders-activists, then Awami League will elect someone for the general secretary post who will not have ministry and will be able to spend his all time for the party.
Bangla Insider/ SM