The ruling Awami League is in deep trouble as a good many rebel candidates are going to ‘contest’ the upcoming second phase of Union Parishad (UP) elections slated for November 11.
Internal feud among the Awami League leaders and activists could rise over the UP polls, which may result in bloody clashes in different places across the country, according to party insiders.
Awami League presidium member Abdur Rahman told the Daily Sun that there is no chance to field rebel candidates in the UP polls.
“I don’t think that party leaders will participate in the polls defying party directives. If anyone contest the polls as rebel candidate, they have to face action and will not get party ticket for any election,” he said.
According to the Election Commission (EC), the second phase of elections to 848 union parishads in 63 out of 64 districts will be held on November 11.
Awami League has completed giving party nomination for elections to 848 UPs on Tuesday night after finalizing candidates for 165 UPs under Chattogram division.
AL local government nomination board started holding meeting from October 8 , but the party office has been flooded with allegations against party-nominated candidates just after announcing the names of the candidates.
Against this backdrop, AL grass roots leaders and activists have recently staged demonstration in front of party President Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi. They also filed written allegations to the party office.
In this connection, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said party candidates facing allegations will be replaced with new contestants. “Punitive measures will be taken if the allegations are found true,” he added.
Because of such allegations, changes of some candidates have already made in some UPs, including Narail, Meherpur, Khulna and Jaipurhat.
Grass roots party leaders have threatened to stage demonstration, participate in the polls as rebel and go for mass resignation as the party is yet to bring change in the nomination in their areas.
Leaders of 5 No Harishpur union in Natore sadar upazila threatened mass resignation and participate in the polls as rebels if the party-nominated candidate is not changed despite allegation against him.
Many incumbent chairmen and aspirants who have been deprived of getting party nomination will participate in the UP polls as rebels, including in Naumala of Bauphal upazila in Patuakhali, Jolshukha and Shibpasha in Ajmiriganj of Habiganj, Khokshabari union in Sirajganj Sadar, Gazirhata and Narail union in Haluaghat of Mymensingh.
Eight incumbent chairmen in Shariatpur district announced that they will contest the polls as rebel candidates as they have been deprived of party nomination. The UPs are: Rudrokar, Angariar, Chitalia, Chandrapur, Domsar, Tulasar, Shoulpara and Mahmudpur.
AL organizing secretary BM Mozammel Haque told the Daily Sun that rebel candidates will be expelled from the party if they work against party-nominated candidates.
“Rebels, who contested the previous polls, have not been given nomination for the second phase of the UP elections. No revel will be nominated for the local government polls in future also,” he said.
Supporters of nomination-deprived UP chairman candidates have been staging demonstration to change party-backed candidates in Sirajganj, Manikganj, Natore, Rangpur, Kushtia and many other districts.