Today is the 49th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Awami Juba League. The journey started on this day (November 11, 1972) under the leadership of Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni under the direction of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu. Over time, the organization has been on its feet for 50 years. Juba League has become the largest youth organization in the country through long struggle and sacrifice of thousands of leaders and workers.
However, in the last few years, there has been an image crisis due to various reasons including casino scandals, extortion and tender bazaar, committee trade, infiltration. From there an initiative was taken to remove the stigma and restore order. New leadership comes in 2019. In the last two years or so, the organization has been on a clean path under the leadership of newcomers. Corona has been praised for standing by the people. This time in the new yatra, one of the allied organizations of the Awami League has been organized in front of the grassroots keeping the challenge-discipline.
When asked, Juba League Chairman Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash said on Wednesday evening, “We want to build Juba League as an ideological and service-oriented organization for the young generation.” We want Juba League to strengthen the hand of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, in building the country with patriotism.
Asked how much the organization had planned after taking office, he said everyone had to change their plans at this time because of Corona. But we have always tried to be by the side of the people. He spoke about the Juba League’s shelter program and various initiatives of the Juba League including distribution of relief during the coronation, launch of helpline, medical services, cutting of farmers’ paddy.
In response to a question, Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash further said, “We also want to strengthen the organization up to the grassroots.” I want to maintain discipline. We have also started work for this purpose. We have already had extended meetings in about 70 percent of the districts. The delegates’ conference has been about 50 percent. We will also have several conferences in December and January. We want to strengthen the organization, maintain discipline and stand by the country and the people with patriotic service work.
The names of the chairman and general secretary of Juba League were announced on 23 November 2019 after the organization was tarnished in the casino incident. Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash became the chairman and Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil became the general secretary of the organization. After getting the responsibility, they started the work of reorganizing the organization.
Juba League’s program today: Banners, festoons and posters have been put up on different roads of the capital on the occasion of the 49th founding anniversary of Juba League. On the occasion of the day, national and party flags will be hoisted in every unit of the country and abroad including the central office at 8 am. Other programs include laying wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi Bangabandhu Bhaban at 8.30 am. Tribute to all the martyrs killed on 15th August, 1975 including Fateha recitation and munajat will be held at Banani Cemetery at 9.30 am including the founding chairman of Juba League Shaheed Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni.
Meanwhile, a discussion meeting has been organized at Shilpakala Academy at 11 am on the occasion of the founding anniversary. The program will be inaugurated by Awami League Advisory Council member Amir Hossain Amu. Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim will be the chief guest. On the occasion of the day, the president of the organization Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash and the general secretary Mainul Hossain Khan greeted the youth including the entire country.