AL won’t allow rebels in local govt polls

Anaet Shawon

26th November, 2020 11:59:24 printer

AL won’t allow rebels in local govt polls

The ruling Awami League will put its best effort into nominating lone candidate in the upcoming local government elections to ensure the victory of the party-backed candidates.

Party insiders say that the high-up will take organisational actions if any local leader tries to vie for the polls breaching the party discipline.

The party high-ups will also take punitive measures against any influential leader, if he is found involved in nomination trade and nepotism in case of short listing aspirants.

The issue came to the table as the Election Commission on Sunday announced the schedule for elections to 25 municipalities across the country on December 28.

The party has already started working in advance as the elections to 329 municipalities will be held in phases by next year.

This time the ruling Awami League will work extensively for ensuring single candidate and taming rebels as the party-backed candidates lost in many areas in the past, which facilitated opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party aspirants.

Awami League presidium member Faruk Khan told daily sun that they would not spare anyone who would try to violate party decision and create disarray in the party.

“We have taken action in the past by relieving those discipline violators from the party. This time we will follow party guideline strictly so that no intruder can take benefits of internal feuds,” he said.

Referring to recent grassroots elections to three district council, nine upazilas and 61 union parishads held in October, sources said that many party candidates have lost in the elections in Rangpur, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Mymensingh and Laxmipur due to rebel candidates.

On condition of anonymity, a senior leader of the party told that usually rebel candidates are on the rise due to the patronization of party stalwarts.

“But our party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a recent presidium meeting categorically directed for taking action against such accident too,” he said.

In the last presidium meeting, party president directed central leaders to ensure single candidate in unions, municipalities, city corporations and upazila parishads, party insiders said. At an extended meeting with Gazipur AL chapter on October 10, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader urged party leaders to send list of strong and clean-image candidate through scrutiny for contesting the upcoming polls.

Organising secretary of Awami League SM Kamal Hossain told Daily Sun that there will be no rebel candidate in the party to take part in the election.

“First we will try to convince them to withdraw candidacy, then stern organization steps will be taken against them if they violate party discipline,” he said.