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AL to serve show-cause notices on rebel leaders
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

AL to serve show-cause notices on rebel leaders

 In a bid to restore discipline in party ranks, the Awami League (AL) has decided to issue show-cause notices to local rebel leaders who contested against the party-nominated candidates in the recent upazila parishad polls. According to AL insiders, party president Sheikh Hasina gave this instruction to the central leaders at her official residence on Saturday. The insiders said they were now preparing show-cause notices for rebel leaders only. First, the notices will be sent to the rebel AL leaders in Rajshahi and Rangpur division and then to the other divisions.

The insiders also say nearly 100 show-cause notices were sent to rebel leaders in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions yesterday. However, not a single show-cause notice has been served on any party lawmaker or minister as yet.

Talking to The Independent yesterday, AL party office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said: “First of all, we will send show-cause notices to local rebel leaders asking them to explain their position within three weeks and then to others.”

Earlier on Saturday, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said they will issue show-cause notices against 150 party leaders and MPs and those who supported rebel candidates in the upazila elections, which were held in four phases. “The show-cause notices will be served on rebel leaders, including party lawmakers and ministers. But I can’t disclose their names right now,” he added.

On April 5, at a meeting of the AL central working committee (ALCWC) at Gono Bhaban, Sheikh Hasina had directed her party’s central leaders to make a list of those leaders and MPs who worked against the party-nominated candidates in the local body polls. She had also said that the aspirants may have committed mistakes by contesting the upazila polls since a big political party (BNP) boycotted the elections. But MPs and leaders cannot violate the party discipline by participating in poll campaigns against party candidates and the party’s electoral symbol of ‘Nouka’ (boat).

In the elections in 475 upazilas, more than 95 per cent of the chairmen’s posts were bagged by AL members, either nominated by the party or those who contested as rebels, according to Election Commission (EC) sources.

In the four phases, 145 Independent candidates, mostly AL rebels, were elected by defeating official party candidates. Besides, 298 AL-nominated candidates for the posts of chairmen won the elections, while 108 of them were elected uncontested.

The BNP and its allies, the Left parties and most Islamist parties had boycotted the polls, protesting against the alleged “‘fraud” and “flaws” that marred the December 30 general elections.