Ruling Awami League may take stern action, including expulsion, against its leaders and activists who are breaching the party discipline and tarnishing its image for personal gains.
Insiders say the party high-ups are annoyed at the recent activities of some leaders who have earned a bad name for the party getting involved in controversial activities to establish supremacy in their respective areas and running campaign against party candidates in the ongoing local government elections.Besides, the grass roots leaders and activists are divided into groups as the party has been holding council sessions to strengthen the grass roots.
Dividing into groups, ministers, MPs and top leaders of the district level are trying to form committees, inducting ‘my men’ and axing dedicated and tested leaders into those through nepotism for their personal interests.
Clashes are taking place between factions of the ruling party in different parts of the country on a regular basis.
The insiders said all such matters will be placed before the upcoming meeting of the AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC) seeking directives of party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for a solution for the sake of the party and the government, which has been in office for the third consecutive term.
Talking to the Daily Sun, AL Presidium member Abdur Rahman said action will be taken against such wrongdoers. “All the issues will be placed before the upcoming meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee to address those. We’ll draw the attention of party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the issues,” he said.
The AL government has been embarrassed at the series of incidents that took place at Basurhat of Comaniganj upazila in Noakhali.Two people, including a journalist, were killed and many others injured in separate clashes between the supporters Abdul Quader Mirza, mayor of Basurhat municipality and brother of AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, and former Companiganj upazila parishad Chairman Mizanur Rahman Badal recently.
On March 7, the local administration had to impose section 144 as two AL factions convened rallies at the same place and same time in Bogura centring on Sonatala upazila unit’s council.
Two AL factions were led by Bogura-1 MP Shahadara Mannan’s two brothers -- Sonatala upazila parishad Chairman Minhaduzzaman Liton and incumbent upazila AL General Secretary Principal Saiduzzaman.
At least 20 people were injured as two groups of AL activists clashed during a programme in Brahmanbaria’s Kasba upazila in the presence of Law Minister Anisul Huq on March 5.
The supporters of Kasba municipality mayor and a mayoral aspirant attacked each other over establishing supremacy. They also vandalised public property during the melee.
On February 22, at least 10 people were injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League in Bauphal upazila of Patuakhali. One of the groups was led by local MP and former Chief Whip ASM Firoz while the other was led by Bauphal municipality Mayor Ziaul Haque Jewel.
Such infighting is frequently taking place at different places across the country.
Another AL Presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak told media that dedicated leaders and activists of AL have been cornered in the party. “Some influential leaders have inducted those privileged sections into committees for their personal gains. In this case, many ministers and MPs are not following the instructions of the party chief,” he said, adding that they will place the issue before the next ALCWC meeting.
After a break in organisational activities due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ruling party is working to revive the grass roots by holding councils and forming committees as per the directives of party President Sheikh Hasina.
Meanwhile, the grass roots are divided into several groups, led by either ministers or MPs or top district-level leaders, over forming committees. Even council sessions and formation of committees have been obstructed in many units.
AL organising secretaries are ready to submit reports to the ALCWC on such disputes, sources said.
AL Organising Secretary SM Kamal Hossain told the Daily Sun that there must be some competition as Awami League is the largest political party in the country.
He, however, said they were trying to resolve all the disputes through discussion.