Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy is not interested yet in taking any position in Awami League’s central committee, party general secretary Obaidul Quader said yesterday.
The road transport and bridges minister also asked party-nominated MPs not to contest in the Awami League upazila councils.
Discussions surfaced in political arena regarding inclusion of Joy, also the prime minister’s ICT affairs adviser, in the central committee after he was made a member of Rangpur’s Pirganj upazila unit on Wednesday.
When Quader’s attention was drawn to the issue at a press briefing at AL president’s Dhanmondi office, he said, “It’s also about his interest in the matter.”
“When we ask our leader [Hasina] about it, she always says Joy does not want to join. He is yet to show any interest,” Quader said.
“I keep telling her again and again about the issue of grooming Joy… It’s her decision,” he added.
Quader said Joy wants things to be the way they are at present.
He does not want to hold any official post in Awami League, added Quader. For example, demand was raised to nominate him [from Pirganj] in the December 30 national election, but he did not agree, he said.
“You can ask Joy when he comes to Bangladesh,” the general secretary mentioned.
Regarding AL committees in the upcoming December 20 and 21 council, Quader said it is the jurisdiction of AL president to decide whether those will be expanded.
“There is no alternative to Sheikh Hasina in Awami League. We need her for the country’s development and for the greater good of people,” he said.
Regarding change in the general secretary position, Quader said there could be aspirants for the post.
Everyone has a right to be a candidate for the position, but ultimately Hasina will take the decision, he stressed.
He said the upcoming AL national council will be held amid fanfare and festivity where leaders of the country’s all registered political parties, including BNP, and diplomats from different countries will be invited.
About AL’s Dhaka city councils, Quader said the two councils will be held on November 30.
On upazila councils, Quader said they are also instructing grassroots units so that MPs do not contest in the councils for top positions.
The AL president has already given an instruction in this regard. “But they can compete in the AL district councils,” he said.
About BNP’s demand for the release of Khaleda Zia, Quader said BNP leaders often say there is no alternative to waging a movement to free their chairperson. It proves that they have no trust in judiciary.
AL organising secretary and deputy minister for water resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, AL science and technology affairs secretary Abdus Sabur and its central leader SM Kamal Hossain, among others, were present at the press briefing.