In the recently held parliamentary election the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) came under fire for what has been labeled as the “nomination business” and similar allegations have been raised against the ruling Awami League (AL) by its prospective Upazila Parishad poll candidates.
Some of the prospective candidates alleged that favoritism, nepotism and other anomalies were taking away a transparent opportunity for them to get nomination by AL bigwigs, especially for the chairman post.They told the daily sun that “nomination business” was taking place for getting their names in the list of proposed chairman candidates, the much sought-after post in the Upazila or sub-district leadership.
Although, the AL had previously decided to give out nomination papers in line with the recommendation letters sent by the grassroot-level workers only, but this was later changed raising concerns about “nomination trade.”
On Tuesday, the AL started the sale of nomination papers to all aspirants to ensure that none falls victim to any internal conflict.
The first-phase election to 87 upazila parishads in 12 districts under Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions would be held on March 10.
Earlier, the ruling AL asked chairman aspirants to collect nomination forms from Monday.
The party will announce the names of the party candidates in 87 upazilas after holding a meeting of local body nomination board.Asked to comment on the “nomination trade” allegations, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader told the daily sun that any kind of allegations might come, but the party had its own mechanism to choose the right candidate. “Allegations of irregularity may be raised possibly when an aspirant for the post is upset for not getting the nomination, but we will get the right man for the post through our internal mechanisms to deal with such issues,” he said, adding that sale of nomination papers was open to all.
According to reliable, a large number of grass root AL leaders have filed complaints with the AL in a bid to ensure that no controversial, corrupt and unpopular people got nomination.
A letter sent by Sakhipur AL chapter of Tangail and signed by its president Kutub uddin Ahmed told the decision makers that they would not nominate incumbent upazila chairman Shawkat Sikder as he had lost his popularity for graft and nepotism.
AL general secretary of Sreenagar upazila of Munshiganj M Tofazzal Hossain alleged that the district chapter had sent a list of candidates without taking consent of both the president and the secretary.“Even the candidates were involved in vote trading so that they get recommendation,” he told the Daily Sun.
In his letter, AL president Syedpur Upazila of Nilphamari district, Hitlar Chowdhury Bhulu claimed that Nilphamari district chapter has sent a list to the central Awami League in exchange of bribe. On condition of anonymity, a candidate of Baghati upzaila in Natore district said that the local lawmaker had manipulated the recommendation letter to induct his brother Wahidul Islam Gokul’s name. Similar allegations have been raised against Natore sadar upazila.
In Sarail upazila of Brahmanbaria district, allegation has been raised that killer of former upazila chairrman has been nominated. Besides, in Khansama upzaila in Dinajpur district, a person who had switched to AL from BNP and was involved in the 2013 and 2014 fire bombings had been named as a possible candidate.