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AL to serve notices on leaders who opposed party nominees

AL central committee discussed the party’s upcoming 21st nat’l council, membership drive, pending councils of the party’s associate bodies
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AL to serve notices on leaders who opposed party nominees

The ruling Awami League has decided to issue show-cause notices on its lawmakers, ministers and local leaders who worked against the party nominated candidates in the recently held local body elections. The party high-ups yesterday took the decision unanimously at a joint meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) and Advisory Council at Ganabhaban, the official residence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, chaired the meeting that began at 4:30pm.

The party will start serving the show-cause notices to its district and upazila leaders as well as parliament members and ministers from this week, the meeting decided.

“Our party chief Sheikh Hasina has taken the final decision to issue show-cause notices on MPs, ministers and local leaders who violated party discipline in different times. We got the report in this regard from our party’s organizing secretaries,” AL Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap told The Independent yesterday.

“We will begin sending the notices from this week. The responsible party leaders and MPs will be given three weeks to explain their positions,” he said. The office secretary, however, didn’t disclose the number of show-cause notices to be served for violating party discipline.

When contacted, AL Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman said the ALCWC has unanimously taken the decision to take stern action against the party leaders who violate and break party discipline.

“No party leaders and MPs who violated party discipline will be spared,” he said.

The meeting sources said the AL high-ups discussed the party’s organisational issues at the yesterday’s meeting to make the organization stronger and dynamic further. They also discussed the party’s 21st national council session to be held in October and the issues including party’s upcoming membership drive, pending council sessions of the party’s

associate bodies and other units of the party, sources said.

At the last ALCWC meeting on April 5, Sheikh Hasina had directed the party’s central leaders to make a list of leaders and MPs who had broken party discipline. She had also said aspirants may make mistakes by contesting the upazila polls as a big political party (BNP) boycotted the elections. But MPs and leaders cannot violate party discipline by participating in the polls and campaigning against party candidates and the party electoral symbol ‘Nouka’ (Boat).

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

In the elections in 463 upazilas held in four phases, more than 95 per cent of the chairman posts were bagged by AL people, either nominated by the party or those who contested as rebel candidates, according to the unofficial results by the Election Commission.

In the four phases, 131 independent candidates, mostly AL rebels, were elected defeating AL-nominated candidates.

Meanwhile, during her inaugural speech at the meeting, Sheikh Hasina directed her party leaders to make her organization stronger further by minimizing intra-party feuds and mobilizing peoples’ support in favour of Awami League.   

“We’ve already declared our plan. But we’ll have to take preparations and overcome the hurdles to this end. For this, the organisation will have to be further strengthened and public opinion be created,” the PM said. The AL president Sheikh Hasina also instructed her party colleagues to remain ready to stand beside the affected people of the country by any kind of natural disaster. “It is Awami League and its government that always played a pioneering role during past disasters,” the AL chief said.

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