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AL ‘not in hurry’ for action against errant leaders

Activism AGAINST PARTY CANDIDATES IN UZ POLLS
Abu Jakir, Dhaka
AL ‘not in hurry’ for action against errant leaders

The Awami League (AL) is not in a hurry to take action against local leaders and MPs who worked against party nominated candidates in the recently held upazila parishad elections. The ruling party had earlier decided to issue show-cause notices to its local leaders and lawmakers who didn’t follow the party directive and worked against party-nominated candidates in Upazila polls.

However, the AL leadership hasn’t issued a single show-cause notice yet, even though it’s been more than a month since the polls were held.

At a meeting of the AL central working committee (ALCWC) on April 5 at her official Ganabhaban residence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed her party central leaders to make a list of the leaders and MPs who worked against party nominated candidates in the local body elections.

She had also said aspirants might commit mistakes by contesting the Upazila polls as the BNP boycotted the elections. But MPs and leaders cannot flout the party directive and campaign against party nominated candidates and the party election symbol, "Nouka" (Boat), the PM said.

However, the party high command has ordered its eight organising secretaries to submit lists of rebel leaders, including some ministers and lawmakers, who ignored the party directive during the Upazilla polls.

Talking to this correspondent, AL acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said the party would not be in a hurry to take action against the rebels as they are now scrutinising the names of leaders and MPs who were allegedly involved in breaching the party diktat.

“We need more time to issue the show-cause notice so that no innocent leaders are punished,” he added.

When contacted, AL organising secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim said: “We’re now collecting information about the rebel leaders. We sought reports from our district leaders who in turn have started sending them. After we get full reports, we will submit it to the party leadership. The party will then take

action after further scrutinising the matter.”

Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, another organising secretary of the party, told The Independent that he was yet to submit reports on the issue. “Investigation is on against the party’s local leaders and MPs who ignored the party decision during the UZ elections,” he said.

A party central leader, on condition of anonymity, told this correspondent that the AL leadership would gather information about the rebel leaders and some lawmakers, but the party finally wouldn’t take any action against them.

“Well, the ministers, lawmakers and leaders who will be found guilty, will be under the party scanner and they might lose their status in the party in future,” he said.

AL insiders said more than 100 local leaders, including some ministers, lawmakers worked against party-nominated upazila chairman candidates in their respective areas.

In the elections to 463 upazilas, more than 95 per cent of the chairman posts were bagged by the AL’s nominated candidates or by rebel candidates, according to the unofficial results compiled by Election Commission officials, In the four-phase election, 131 independent candidates, mostly AL rebels, were elected defeating AL-nominated candidates. Besides, 298 AL-nominated chairman candidates won the elections, while 108 of them were elected uncontested.

The main opposition BNP and its allies, left parties and most Islamist parties boycotted the polls calling it “fraud” and “flawed”.

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