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Barisal develops Hasnat disorder

100 arches, posters, banners cover road to city as PM's cousin returns to home district today after 8 years

Barisal Fish Warehouse Operators' Association builds an arch in the divisional city welcoming Awami League leader Abul Hasnat Abdullah. Over 100 arches were set up in the city on the leader's return to Barisal after eight years.Photo: STAR

He is not a government functionary; nor is he a lawmaker from any local constituency or elsewhere. Still his party ruling Awami League decides to accord him a big-budget homecoming reception.

The AL and its front organisations have erected as many as 100 arches on a 46-kilometre-long road stretching from Madaripur to Barisal city. Barisal AL leaders and workers pasted hundreds of posters on all visible public places in the divisional headquarters and decorated the roadsides with colourful banners and festoons.

All these arrangements are meant for a rousing reception to ex-chief whip Abul Hasanat Abdullah, Barisal district AL secretary and a cousin of the prime minister, as he returns to his hometown after eight years.

Abdullah, who did not visit Barisal since October 1, 2001 and left the country prior to the 1/11 changeover and lived in self-exile in India with his daughter married off to an Indian national, would be accorded reception in Barisal city this afternoon.

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan is scheduled to be present at the reception as the chief guest, AL presidium member Yusuf Hussain Humayun as the special guest while Barisal City Corporation Mayor Shawkat Hossain Hiron would chair the programme.

Local AL activists say preparations are underway to accord Abdullah a "befitting honour" by welcoming him with a caravan of motorcades.

City AL Office Secretary Laskar Nurul Huq told The Daily Star Abdullah would be accorded a reception on Fazlul Huq Avenue in the city this afternoon.

Asked about the funding of such huge arrangements, Barisal Mayor and convener of the reception committee Hiron said the arches have been erected by different organisations and associations from their own funds to avoid extortion or toll collection.

Asked about traffic congestions on roads and highways due to erection of so many arches, Hiron said the people did these "spontaneously" and "we cannot prevent them from expressing their feelings for their beloved leader who is returning after eight long years".

When reminded of AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam's instruction of not wasting money by decorating streets with huge gates or arranging any motorcades, Hiron declined to comment.

Abdullah was accused in six cases of ill-gotten wealth, concealing facts in property statement, evading taxes, possessing illegal arms and ammunition, forgery, terrorism, corruption and other offences.

He was sentenced to 36 years imprisonment in four cases heard in Dhaka and Barisal courts.

He was later granted bail in all cases upon surrendering before the High Court and also got order for postponement of two other cases.

The Barisal administration also forwarded recommendation to the home ministry for withdrawal of four cases filed against him here.

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There are too many poor people in Barishal and they would have been benefited with the money

: Sawgat Chowdhury

This type of glossy welcome party does not help party image rather it demolishes (near past says so) the image in the broken heart of the poor people.

: Asad Bulbul
more comments (8)


  • Jamil Akhter
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 08:09 AM GMT+06:00 (210 weeks ago)

    Regrettably it has the most salient picture of Bangladeshi politics.

  • Nazmul
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:45 PM GMT+06:00 (210 weeks ago)

    This is our political culture.

  • Sayeed
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 10:52 AM GMT+06:00 (210 weeks ago)

    I am really scared by seeing this reception ceremony.

  • abu Hanif
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 03:56 PM GMT+06:00 (210 weeks ago)

    We should not expect more from our angelic political party.

  • Bachchu
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 06:27 PM GMT+06:00 (210 weeks ago)

    So what is the hidden agenda here?

  • Selim Reza
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 03:54 PM GMT+06:00 (210 weeks ago)

    This is common picture in our politics.Party leader advised the party men not do such kind of activities which will bring the bad immage for the party in future,but it is really true that they do not follow parties direction.They stand a argue that all the thing are doiing by the supporters to express their feeling to their beloved to return his area after long time.

    But my question is that why they could not shown their strong feeling in the time of need (last eight years when the ex chief whip could not return his home district by accusing of misuse his power)

    Our main problems is that we donot take any lesson from past incident. Ex-chief whip should remember his past activities why he could not able to win in last parlimentary election in 2001 after doing many public welfare works in his area in his ruling period.(Gouranadi-Agailjhara).

    The general people will never support such kinds of activities whom actual goodwisher to the party and also the Country.

    I want to take attention to PM to take a inetiative so that her all party leader can follow hers order to save hers party image.






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