After 14 years, the council of Sylhet district and city units of Awami League were held yesterday.
In the district unit, acting president Lutfur Rahman was selected president while former joint secretary Nasir Uddin Khan was named general secretary.
For the city unit, district unit joint secretary Mashuk Uddin Ahmed was selected president while city unit joint secretary Jakir Hossain general secretary.
The event was organised at Alia Madrasa field in Chowhatta area of the city.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader declared names of the prospective committee members as the units could not decide those on their own.
The last council of the units were held in 2005. Party sources say subsequent councils were delayed due to political changeover and delay in forming upazila and ward committees, among other reasons.
In his speech as chief guest, Quader said Awami League has many leaders but the party demands more dedicated activists. Leaders must be elected through diligence and dedication, not through displaying posters or banners or shouting slogans.
Awami League does not discard its leaders but changes their duties, he said. “We like to blend in new faces with the old ones and nurture new leadership.”
At the council, AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif presented the keynote speech. AL presidium member Nurul Islam Nahid, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed, AL joint general secretary Abdur Rahman, AL organising secretary Misbah Uddin Siraj and AL advisory board member Inam Ahmed Chowdhury, among others, spoke at the event.
The council was presided over by Lutfur Rahman while district unit former general secretary Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury and city unit former general secretary Asad Uddin Ahmed presented their respective units’ report books to the party top brass.