The ruling Awami League has taken a hard line against its rowdy activists to bring discipline in the organisational activities of the party ahead of the next national elections.
AL insiders said any leader involved in intra-party feud and conspiracies against the party men and nomination seekers will not be left unpunished.The party will take stern actions, including expulsion from the party, if anyone is found involved in conspiracy and tarnishing image of the country.
Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also gave the order to take stern action against those who are involved in tarnishing image of the party for personal interests and creating internal feuds in the party for contesting the upcoming election as party candidates, AL insiders said.
“Even the party bigwigs, ministers and lawmakers will not be spared if anyone is involved in creating internal feuds and tarnishing image of the party,” a central AL leader quoted the prime minister as saying.
Besides, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said stern action would be taken against those found involved in breaching party discipline ahead of the national polls.
“There will be no room for the betrayers in the party who will participate in the next national polls as a dissident candidate,” Quader said, adding that betrayers and rebels will be expelled from the party instantly.
The AL gave the warning as three incumbent lawmakers of the party were recently declared ‘persona non grata’ in Barguna, Rajshahi and Dinajpur by local party leaders. Even the nomination seekers are involved in such competition, which tarnishes party reputation, sources said.The lawmakers who have been declared persona non-grata are Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu of Barguna-1 constituency, Abdul Wadud Dara of Rajshahi-5 and Monoranjan Shil Gopal of Dinajpur-1.
A senior leader of the party said the party took the decision as similar incidents happened in the past years.
The AL leader said a similar incident occurred in May this year in Sherpur between agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and whip Atiqur Rahman Atiq. Even the former health minister was declared persona non grata in Satkhira last year by grass roots activists.
The party also decided to issue ‘show cause’ notices and prepare a list of those AL men who played role in joining of BNP and Jamaat men in the party and made sudden organisational visits to districts, sources said.
The AL general secretary will issue ‘show cause notices’ to those who are involved in declaring the lawmakers ‘persona non grata’ while organising secretary and joint general secretary will prepare a list of those who played role in joining of BNP-Jamaat men in the party instead of containing internal feuds among the grass roots.
AL presidium member Faruk Khan said the party has already decided to take actions against those leaders who are responsible for creating chaos in the party.
“Even the nomination seekers will not be given party ticket if they are found involved in tarnishing party image and unleashing campaign against incumbent lawmakers,” he said.