The current acting secretary general of Awami League, Mahbubul Alam Hanif is more likely to perform the duties until the party`s next council. Many responsible sources of Awami League confirmed this information. Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader was admitted to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on March 4, following a series of checkups after hefl fell ill at his residence in Dhaka on March 3. Quader`s bypass surgery was completed on March 20 in Mount Elizabeth Hospital. After some physical improvements, he rented a house near the hospital. His follow up treatment is underway under doctors` supervision. There is a possibility of his return to home within one or two weeks. It has been learned that Quader has less possibility to perform general secretary`s duties after coming back from Singapore. Many sources of Awami League have confirmed that the Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina gave her opinion on not putting any pressure on him. Obaidul Quader was acting as the AL general secretary and Road, Transport and Bridges Minister before falling ill. Various sources of Awami League said, ministerial responsibility is much easier. These responsibilities do not require direct connection with the people properly. A ministry can be run by directing subordinate officers and monitoring their tasks. But a party`s general secretary has to perform lot more responsibilities. A general secretary has to communicate with the leaders of different levels of the party. Since the party is set to hold its council, therefore, the general secretary of the party will have to visit all over the country, and will have to attend several programs at district and upazila levels. Considering this, Awami League`s high command has decided not to give him this tedious responsibility for now.
A source from Awami League says that his physical condition will be monitored after his return to the country. If his physical progress is satisfactory, he will be chosen as the party`s general secretary for the second term. And if that is not so, then he may have to step down as the general secretary of the party. Because AL President Sheikh Hasina thinks that such pressure should not be applied to Obaidul Quader so that he gets sick again and the party suffers an invaluable loss. Earlier, Awami League`s former general secretary Sayed Ashraful Islam died in Bumrungrad Hospital in Thailand. The incident also hurt Awami League President Sheikh Hasina. Considering that she wants Obaidul Quader`s full recovery.
In the meantime, another source says that Obaidul Quader is considered to be kept as general secretary for only taking decision. In that case the party will be run through all the joint secretaries who have not received any ministry. Joint general secretaries will attend the conferences in districts and upazilas. Joint general secretaries will also maintain the contact with the grassroots. After speaking to the party president, the general secretary will take decision.
Awami League sources say that these two options are being considered. But its main goal is neither removing Obaidul Quader nor reducing his power. Its main goal is to make Obaidul Quader`s gradual recovery. Usually it takes at least one year to come to normal life after such a bypass surgery. From that point of view, Awami League has been searching for some more options. However, all Awami League leaders believe that the only option of Obaidul Quader is to remain in the party`s general secretary post. It is really hard to find a dedicated and active leader like him. Everyone realized his importance after his illness and now they don`t want to lose him. That`s why AL president wants Quader`s full recovery first. Until then, she is not interested to give him full responsibility.