Criticism is not going away. The organization, which has been under the same leadership for two consecutive decades since its inception, has been plagued by arbitrariness, top leadership groupings, and youth-senior conflict. There have also been incidents of pushing and shoving over minor issues at national events. The senior leaders of Awami League are quite embarrassed about this.
It is learned that Nazma Akhter and Professor Apu Ukil have been leading this organization for two decades. Although there have been several conferences, there has been no change in the post of president-editor. Due to which arbitrariness has increased in the organization. The distance between the newcomers and the leaders who have been organizing for a long time has also increased. There are allegations against the top leadership of the organization for inciting these instead of resolving them.
On the golden jubilee of victory (December 16, 2021) in Dhanmondi of the capital, there was a scuffle between the leaders and activists of the organization over giving flowers to the portrait of the father of the nation. This was also discussed at the preparatory meeting of Awami League’s victory procession on the morning of 16 December. Awami League presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak and organizing secretary Mirza Azam warned them not to disrupt the procession. Awami League leaders have also asked to take action against the rioters at Dhanmondi No. 32.
Nazma Akhter, president of the Dhaka Metropolitan North branch and former MP Sabina Akhter Tuhin has already expressed her grief over the Dhanmondi incident. Apart from the fight, the much-discussed ‘Papiyakand’ has also come to the fore in the showcase letter. The notice raised the issue of indulgence of the organization in the Papia issue.
Pros and cons are already being written on Facebook about these issues. Everyone is trying to explain their position and bring the conflicts of the organization to the fore.
What happened that day?
Sabina Akhter Tuhin, president and former MP of Dhaka Metropolitan North branch of Juba Mahila League, told the press about the incident on December 16: We, all the girls of the Youth Women’s League, stood up for Nazma Apa and Apu Didi. In the meanwhile, a procession of boys pushed behind and everything went ahead. Apu Didi also came at the same time. Nazma Apa came much later. We are standing, no one is giving flowers. When the president-editor comes, he says he will give flowers. But Mike Babu Bhai (Afzalur Rahman Babu, General Secretary of Swechchhasebak League) is repeatedly telling us to leave with a flower. He keeps saying my name, you don’t even know anyone else. He even gave me a flower to go through. But it is not appropriate to give flowers to our metropolitan branch before the central committee. That’s why I didn’t give it. ‘
‘President Nazma Apa came much later. We have also made a place for him, which you will see in the video and pictures. But he did not come to his place and followed me. Then I saw everyone, including the others with Upper, punching me from behind. She (Nazma Akhtar) will not give flowers to me, such a feeling. He told me to get out. I said sister, how will I get out of that situation? Later, the girls also grabbed my hair with him. I saw a loss of self-respect, in this situation I came out without flowers. ‘
The former MP said, “After I left, Nazma Apar’s followers including Lily, Rimi, Laboni, Sumi, Kaniz, Lutfa, and others found the girls of my branch alone and broke the branches of the tree and beat them with police sticks.” Mirpur Thana president Fensi Ahmed, 13th ward president Nipa, general secretary Shahinur, Rupnagar general secretary Laiju, Darussalam president Ayesha Akter Neela, vice-president Supti, Dhaka metropolitan member Dola, Tejgaon’s Bithi, and many others were injured. Everyone’s condition is bad, but I posted pictures on Facebook. ‘
Sabina Akhter Tuhin said, ‘He (President Nazma Akhter) will not give flowers with me. Again, even if we give different flowers, it is a fault. What do I do then? I have a position. He can dislike me, he can’t deny my position. ‘
What’s in a notice to show cause?
Sabina Akhter Tuhin, president and former MP of Dhaka Metropolitan Youth Women’s League, has been given the notice to show cause on four issues including her closeness with Papia. The letter cited the first reason, “You did unorganized activities while paying homage to the portrait of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the historic No. 32 in Dhanmondi before celebrating Victory Day on December 16 and paying homage.” Nazma Akter, the chairperson of the central committee, has insulted, humiliated, and even physically injured and humiliated many. House No. 32, intertwined with the memory of the blood of the Father of the Nation, is our sacred place, the place of emotions and feelings. On a historic day of the Golden Jubilee, many of the members of the Central Committee had to return home with tears in their eyes for the arrogant behavior of you and your staff. Give a real and acceptable explanation. ‘
The second reason is said, ‘You have not formed a committee by holding a formal conference in any police station or ward in the last four and a half years since you took charge on July 24, 2016. As a result, party workers are being deprived of positions and rights. As a result of not conducting your team activities in accordance with the organizational rules, the team is not being well organized, but you are holding positions. Provide a precise and appropriate explanation. ‘
For this reason, it has been said, ‘Papia, the expelled general secretary of Narsingdi District Youth Women’s League (Shamima Noor) is your long-time family friend. The Juba Mahila League, an organization formed by the people’s leader Sheikh Hasina for her misdeeds, is facing a lot of criticism at home and abroad. There are allegations against you for indulging Papia. Give a real and acceptable explanation. ‘
The last reason in the letter is, “On December 16, you wrote the status on your social media Facebook” Nazma Akhter forbade you to go to court and sub-jail during 1/11 and Nazma Akhter fled without taking part in Sheikh Hasina’s liberation movement “. You have been instructed to present the relevant evidence of the above statement.
The letter concludes with a written reply to the President and General Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Youth Women’s League within seven working days from Wednesday (December 22) explaining why no organizational action will be taken against you for being involved in disciplinary and self-interested activities of the organization. Instructed to send. At the same time, you have been instructed to refrain from all activities of the Youth Women’s League without giving further instructions.
Sabina Akhter Tuhin’s statement about the
showbiz Let’s organize. No one can blame me for anything organizational. I do the organizational work properly. However, I do not do the politics of pulling the bag. Let him (President Nazma Akhter) do his politics, I do mine. He hit me, I didn’t even complain about that. But they have now come to the fore to cover up the beating of my staff. I have not done anything wrong. Nothing is happening to those who have done wrong. The leader (Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina) has made me a leader. I am waiting for the decision of the leader.
Ayesha Akhter Neela, president of Darussalam Thana Youth Women’s League, wrote on her Facebook, ‘I was present at the incident myself. There were many like me who witnessed the incident. Many of my friends were also injured. But he did not open his mouth for fear of public shame. I can’t say no now. Nazma Apa and her forces did not save any of us. Injured us in different ways in different places. The way they came towards us with sticks and bamboos, it seems that they came to this event with a pre-planned. My earnest request to the leaders of different levels of the organization, this small staff, will properly investigate and get the right justice will benefit us.
When asked, General Secretary of the Youth Women’s League, Professor Apu Ukil told the press, The senior leaders of our Awami League have warned about this. They said that there should be no problem with the procession. That’s how we saw it. “
Despite repeated attempts to comment on these issues, the president of the Youth Women’s League, Nazma Akhter, could not be reached. Once he received the call, he told the reporter, ‘I am not picking up the phone. I’m a little busy with the meeting. He called after the evening. ‘ Nazma Akhter did not respond to her call after evening (December 21).