The ruling Awami League has ‘dropped’ a good many party heavyweights from the list of candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections because of their controversial activities.
Party heavyweights, including two organising secretaries BM Mozammel Haque and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, have been excluded from the final list of candidates.The names of the veteran Awami League leaders, who are not on the list of candidates, have already surfaced in the social media.
After being elected MPs, they failed to carry out their duties as per the directives of the party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, insiders say.
Instead of working for the party, they were involved in intra-party feud, nepotism and inducted banned Jamaat men into the party to establish supremacy in their areas, a party leader said.
Senior Awami League leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, also the deputy leader of the current parliament, may also be dropped from the list on health grounds.
With the national polls drawing nearer, AL Parliamentary Board headed by party President Sheikh Hasina has started work to finalise candidates from 4,023 aspirants.
The parliamentary board has so far finalised the candidates for Rajshahi, Barisal, Rangur, Sylhet and Mymensingh, an Awami League leader said.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said they have almost finalised the names of candidates and now they will sit with their alliance partners.
“The final list of candidates will be announced after seat sharing with the partners,” he said, adding that it’ll take four to five days to complete the procedure.
Sources in the parliamentary board say Awami League will field some clean-image candidates so that it can win and come to power for the consecutive third term.
The party will announce the names of candidates after a meeting with its alliance partners, including HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party, according to party sources.
Technocrat minister Matiur Rahman, jute and textile minister Emaj Uddin Pramanik and land minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif may be dropped on health grounds while food minister Qamrul Islam may be excluded for controversial activities.
Deputy Minister for youths and Sports Arif Khan Joy may also be dropped for his various misdeeds, including vandalism of a room of joint secretary, assaulting a cop. He was also allegedly involved in human trafficking.
At least five ministers did controversial acts after Awami League president Sheikh Hasina took oath as the prime minister for the third time and formed the government comprising a 51-member cabinet.
Her council of ministers comprises 31 ministers, 18 state ministers and two deputy ministers. Of them, 44 were taken from Awami League, three from Jatiya Party (Ershad) and one each from Workers Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Jatiya Party (Manju).
Abdul Latif Siddique was the first minister who was axed from the cabinet of the incumbent government for his remarks against prophet (PBHH), hajj, and Tablig Jamaat.