Integrity drive to be conducted inside AL if necessary: Quader

Publish: 8:00 PM, September 17, 2019 | Update: 8:00:PM, September 17, 2019

DHAKA, – Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader today warned that if necessary, an integrity drive would be conducted inside the party to prevent corruption and wrongdoings.

“The incident of Chhatra League was an unprecedented one. This type of incident didn’t occur in the past,” he told a press briefing on contemporary
affairs at the Secretariat here.

Quader said intelligence agencies have been asked to give reports on whether any wrongdoing or corruption have taken place anywhere in the
country. “Based on the reports of the intelligence agencies, an integrity drive would be conducted inside AL if necessary. Nobody will be spared if
found involved,” he added.

Stating that the government is taking stern action against those involved in corruption and irregularities, he said: “The government has taken a zero
tolerance policy towards corruption. Even if any AL man gets involved in wrongdoings, he or she would not be spared. All wrongdoers must face the
music.”

Quader, the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said punitive action was taken against the president and general secretary of Chhatra League for the first time in the country, due to their misconduct, which is an exceptional incident.

“There is no such example of taking such punitive action against the leaders of any student organisation in Bangladesh,” he added.

About the upcoming National Council of Awami League, he said: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the president of AL…all party leaders have the
right to be candidates in the council”.

Commenting on the alleged corruption of Jahangirnagar University, the AL general secretary said action will be taken against JU Vice-Chancellor Prof
Farzana Islam if she is found guilty during the probe. “If she is found involved in corruption, obviously action will be taken against her,” he said.

About BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s demand for resignation of the JU VC, Quader said: “Mirza Fakhrul demands resignations of all. He demands PM’s resignation. He himself demands his resignation. After winning in polls, he resigned”.