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AL moves to end internal wrangling

AL moves to end internal wrangling

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Ruling Awami League is working to reduce internal feuds and mitigate grudges at the grass-roots level that have mounted after the local government elections, including recently-concluded Union Parishad polls, to revamp the party ahead of the next general election.

The party has taken the move targeting the parliamentary elections as its grass roots are in disarray, which is seriously hampering its chain of command and discipline, sources say.

In a bid to reorganise the party, Awami League has started holding council sessions at district, upazila, union, municipality and ward levels alongside holding meetings with rival factions to remove resentment and end the blame game to bring unity.

To this effect, party’s divisional teams are directing for working in a coordinated manner through holding series of meetings with the district level leaders, chairmen of Upazila Parishads, mayors of municipalities and local lawmakers.

AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader has recently said the 12th parliamentary elections would be tough and the opponents should not be considered weak. “The tested and grass-roots leaders are Awami League’s backbone. So, it’s necessary to prepare the party leaders for the next general election by resolving the internal feuds and wrangling,” he said.

On completion of the phase-wise UP polls, Awami League directed its central leaders after holding a presidium meeting to revamp party activities through holding council sessions, forming grass-roots committees and mitigating grudges.

The party high-ups also asked AL’s eight divisional teams, formed comprised of central working committee members to operationalise the party plan for gearing up organisational activities in 2020, to resume their activities as soon as possible.

Barishal, Khulna and Chattogram divisional teams have already held series of meetings with its grass-roots leaders in line with the party directives.

Other divisional teams, including Rangpur and Rajshahi ones, are holding council sessions and making district visits.

At a meeting with Chattogram divisional team on Thursday, AL Organising Secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon urged the party leaders to stop mudslinging and blame game for the sake of the party. “Vested quarters will take the opportunity if you continue mudslinging among yourselves. So, if there’s a problem, it should be resolved immediately. Any disobedience of the party’s instructions won’t be tolerated,” he said.

According to party sources, AL faced debacle in the UP polls held in seven phases due to a good number of rebels in these elections.

Despite strong warnings of being expelled from the party, the rebels did not quit the race, which led the AL candidates to landslide defeat in the UP polls.

Party insiders said nearly 6,000 AL rebels had participated in over 4,500 UPs while several thousand were expelled from the party. Apart from the party rebels, their patrons and supporters were also expelled for working against the party-nominated candidates.

As per the party decision, Awami League did not extend its nomination to any rebels who contested elections defying the party's command in the past.

Now, the party has also decided not to induct those leaders who have already been suspended from the party into any party position until their suspension order is withdrawn.

Even the same rule will be applied for those who have already received show-cause notices from the party and it would be applicable as long as their reply is not accepted as satisfactory.

The decision was formally announced during a meeting of central Awami League leaders who are responsible for the Khulna division, led by party presidium member Kazi Jafrullah, on February 16.