Ruling Awami League has started giving green signal to its potential candidates for the next national elections much before the announcement of the polls schedule, according to party sources.
The AL Central Working Committee, the highest policy-making body of the party, has taken the decision at a meeting held at Ganabhaban in the capital last week.Insiders said the AL has taken such move so that its candidates can be well prepared for the next national polls.
A senior party leader, however, said the AL will complete all the necessary formalities of giving nomination to its candidates after the announcement of the polls schedule.
Currently, a number of potential candidates of the party are conducting mass contact in each constituency for the next parliamentary polls slated for December this year.
“Green signal will be given to the chosen aspirants before the polls schedule so that they can take adequate preparations for the election,” another senior leader said.
AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken such decision with a view to reducing the distance between the intending party contestants, he added.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which has remained outside parliament due to its boycott of the last parliamentary election, is widely expected to contest the next polls.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at a recent programme said their party will participate in the next polls under any circumstances.
Party sources said a number of AL aspirants has already appeared in the scene and are now engaged in doing mud-slinging against popular lawmakers in their areas.
Talking to the daily sun, some top party leaders said the AL president has decided to give green signal to its potential candidates much before the polls to avert untoward situation and tame the rebels.
Party presidium member Faruk Khan told the daily sun that they discussed the matter of giving green signal to the candidates of its choice during the ALCWC meeting.
It is learnt that the AL is very much worried about the internal feud and the gap between the party grassroots and lawmakers ahead of the next national polls.
The internal feud created over the attitude of some ministers and lawmakers towards the dedicated activists may spell a disaster for the country’s oldest political organization, insiders say.
“If the problem is not addressed right now, the party has to pay a lot in the electoral race,” an AL leader said on condition of anonymity.
The issue of internal feud and distance between the party leaders and activists were also discussed during a recent extended party meeting with Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Speaking at the meeting, Sylhet city unit president Badruddin Kamran said activists are working hard to ensure AL win in all the 19 parliamentary seats in greater Sylhet.
“But a huge gap has been created between the party lawmakers and activists and general people in almost all the constituencies here,” he pointed out.
Chittagong south city unit president Moslem Uddin drew the attention of the premier to reducing the gap between the party lawmakers and activists.
Sources say that as the party president is aware of the internal feud, she has directed the party lawmakers and leaders to reduce the problem.
The AL president also warned that those who don’t have any link to people in their areas will not be given nomination for contesting the next election.
The AL has been running the state affairs since 2009 while political activities of rival parties, including the BNP-led 20-party alliance, have almost remained stopped.
Under the circumstances, several groups have been created in every district and they have got involved in internal feud to establish supremacy and making fortune.
As intra-party feud appears a serious threat to the party, the party high-command has already sat with grassroots and elected representatives in some areas to resolve the problem.
The rivalry between land minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu, his son Shirhan Sharif Tamal and son-in-law Abul Kalam Azad becomes vivid at Ishwardi in Pabna.
Such a sorry state remains static in almost every district, including Brahmanbaria, Comilla, Chittagong, Sathkhira, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Sunamganj, Gazipur, Faridpur, Kustia, Jessore and Chuadanga.
To resolve the problem, central party leaders divided into 10 groups will visit every corner of the country while the party president will address rallies at all divisional headquarters.
Each group headed by a party presidium member will visit different parts of the country and project the success stories of the present government before the people.
They will also strongly counter the BNP-Jamaat’s propaganda against the AL and highlight their ‘corruption and looting of public money during their past rule.