AL leaders slam US envoy
US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan W Mozena was lambasted at a meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) yesterday for his “questionable activities”, sources say.
AL leaders at the meet questioned Mozena's activities in Bangladesh and said his every move is against the Awami League and in favour of Nobel laureate Dr Yunus, sources told The Daily Star.
They said Mozena is visiting everywhere and many of his activities are in violation of diplomatic norms. For example, just one day before the 10th national polls, he expressed concern about the election which is an internal affair of Bangladesh.
One of the leaders informed the meeting that the US envoy would leave Bangladesh soon.
The meeting, held at the Jatiya Sangsad building with Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina in the chair, also discussed a plan to make the people aware of “questionable role” of Dr Yunus.
The meeting was convened to finalise the party candidate for Tangail-8 by-polls on March 23.
Awami League leaders Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, Kazi Zafarullah, Obaidul Quader, Syed Ashraful Islam, Alauddin Ahmed and Abdul Mannan Khan were present at the meeting starting, which began around 6:00pm.
Hasina directed top party leaders to take every measure to reorganise the party at the grassroots level. She asked them to strongly monitor the candidate selection and take care of the dissidents.
The meeting decided to distribute party nomination forms among the aspirants from the party president's Dhanmondi office today and tomorrow.
The next ALPB meeting would be held tomorrow at the prime minister's official residence Gono Bhaban where the party would interview the nomination seekers.
The Tangail-8 constituency was vacated following the death of Awami League lawmaker Shawkat Momen Shajahan on January 20. He was elected unopposed in the January 5 polls.