Council History of Bangladesh Awami League

23 and 24 June, 1949
A conference of democratic workers was organized by the progressive faction of Muslim League opposed to Khaza Nazimuddin and official position holders at the residence of K M Bashir Humayun called ‘Rose Garden’ at Dhaka’s KM Das Lane. Chaired by Ataur Rahman Khan, the opening speech of the workers’ conference was given by Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani. On the first day of the conference, the decision was taken to float a separate political party called ‘East Pakistan Awami Muslim League’.

14 November, 1953
The first council of Awami League is held at Dhaka’s Mukul Cinema Theatre. The committee elected in this council comprised of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani as the President and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the General Secretary.

21 September, 1955
Awami League’s Council is held at Roopmahal Cinema Hall at Sadarghat, Dhaka. Before the Council, special emphasis was put on discussions regarding autonomy of East Bengal, adoption of an independent foreign policy and immediate promulgation of a Constitution for Pakistan. In order to make Awami League a non-communal party, the word ‘Muslim’ was removed from the title of the party, rendering it ‘East Pakistan Awami League’. Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani was elected the President of the party and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman the General Secretary.

7-8 February, 1955
A special council of East Pakistan Awami League was held at Kagmari, Tangail. This council played a special meaningful role in the future division of Pakistan and the emergence of an independent Bangladesh. The principal areas of discussion in this council were ensuring full autonomy for East Pakistan and non-aligned foreign policy.

 6-7 March, 1964
Awami League’s Council is held at the Hotel Eden of Dhaka. Chaired by the President of the party, Maulana Abdur Rashid Tarkabagish, the council was inaugurated by the President of Nikhil Pakistan Awami League Nawabjada Nasrullah Khan. In this council Shah Azizur Rahman, who was the General Secretary of the undivided Bengal’s Muslim Students League and a Khaza Nazimuddin loyalist, joined Awami League. Maulana Abdur Rashid Tarkabagish was elected the President and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman the General Secretary of the party.

 18 March, 1966
The Six-Point demand was disseminated in a book format in the council held at Hotel Eden. The Council also formally approved the Six-Point demand. This Council elected Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the President and Tajuddin Ahmed as the General Secretary of the party.

19 August, 1967
Due to the Agartala Conspiracy Case and the regime’s opposition to the Six-Point, this Council was held at a precarious time. Leaders of the party, including Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was in jail when this council took place. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, while not physically present, was reelected as the President of the Party by 180 councillors. The council decided to keep on waging the movement for the Six-Point, press for release of the leaders and seek an end to the period of emergency. The council was chaired by the Acting President Syed Nazrul Islam.

 4 June, 1970
This was the last council of Awami League before independence. A total of 1,138 councilors were present in this council held at Hotel Eden. This was a gathering of a large group of very confident and enthusiastic party leaders and workers. Chaired by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, this council discussed the upcoming national elections and urged party leaders and workers to consider the elections as a referendum for realizing the Six-Point based 11-Point demands and prepare accordingly.

 8 April, 1972
This was the first council of Bangladesh Awami League after independence. The council unanimously elected Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the President of the party. Zillur Rahman was elected the General Secretary.

 18 January, 1974
The biannual council of Awami league was held. In this council, Bangabandhu gave a long policy speech. This council elected AHM Kamruzzaman as the President of Awami League and Zillur Rahman the General Secretary. Respecting the Constitution of the party which disqualified members to hold simultaneous positions in the party and the Cabinet, Bangabandhu resigned from the position of Party President. A new positive democratic precedent was set.

 3-4 April, 1977
The council of the party was held at Dhaka’s Hotel Eden. Instead of electing a full committee, this council formed a 44-member convening committee headed by Syeda Zohra Tajuddin.

 3-5 April, 1978
The three day long Awami League biannual council was held between 3rd and 5th of April, 1978. On the third day, the new committee was formed with Abdul Malek Ukil the President and Abdur Razzaque the General Secretary.

 13-15 February, 1981
This three-day long biannual council of Awami League was held at Hotel Eden. In this significant council of Awami League, to strengthen the party’s leadership, organization and unity, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina was elected as the President in her absence. Abdur Razzaque was re-elected as the General Secretary. In this council, the constitution was amended to make provision for the highest policy-making forum of the party, the Presidium.

 1, 2 and 3 January, 1987
The 14th council of Awami League was held on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of January, 1987. In this council, the new central working committee of the party was formed electing Sheikh Hasina as the President and Sajeda Chowdhury as the General Secretary.

 19-21 September, 1992
The three day long council of Bangladesh Awami League was held on 19-21 September, 1992. On the second day of the council (20 September), the amendments to the constitution and declaration of the party in light of the new economic policy, was unanimously adopted. Sheikh Hasina was elected the President and Zillur Rahman the General Secretary.

6-7 May 1997
Bangladesh Awami League’s Council was held on 6 and 7 May, 1997. The council reelected Sheikh Hasina as the President and Zillur Rahman as the General Secretary.

26 December, 2002
Bangladesh Awami League’s National Council was held on 26th December, 2002. Sheikh Hasina gave an important speech in this council. A fresh optimism was breathed into the party leaders and workers through this council. New leadership was elected. Sheikh Hasina was reelected as the President. Abdul Jalil MP was elected the General Secretary.

24 July, 2009
The 18th National Council was held on 24 July, 2009 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka. Sheikh Hasina was reelected as the Party President. Syed Ashraful Islam MP became the General Secretary of the party.

 29 December, 2012
The 19th council of the party was held on 29 December, 2012 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka. The one-day council amended the declaration of the party. No amendments were brought to the party Constitution. Sheikh Hasina and Syed Ashraful Islam were reelected as the party’s President and General Secretary respectively.

22-23 October, 2016
The 20th Council of Bangladesh Awami League was held at the Engineers Institution on October 22 and 23, 2016. Sheikh Hasina was elected as the President and Obaidul Quader was elected as the General Secretary of the party.

 

 

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