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29 January, 2020 11:32:36 AM
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AL rebel councillor aspirants still in race

Abu Jakir, Dhaka
AL rebel councillor aspirants still in race

The Awami League (AL) has failed to tame its rebel councillor candidates contesting the Dhaka civic polls, scheduled for December 1, by defying their party’s decision. Though AL central leaders earlier said they would convince the rebel candidates to stay away from the election race, they have not succeeded in their mission.

On December 29, the AL announced the names of its 129 councillor candidates for 129 wards of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).

At least 40 AL leaders are contesting the DNCC city election for councillor positions as rebel candidates, while 72 AL leaders are contesting the DSCC poll as rebels.

Talking to this correspondent, several senior AL leaders said they were not bothered about the rebel candidates. They also said the party would take organisational action against those candidates for violating party directives.

AL presidium member Abdur Rahman said: “The party high-ups will take a decision  in this regard at its next central working committee meeting.”

“We are still trying to tame the rebel candidates. But if they contest the polls, the party will take organisational action against them,” he added.

AL joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim echoed Abdur Rahman's words.

Even the party general secretary, Obaidul Quader, at a press conference last week had said they were trying to convince the rebels. “It’s absolutely our party’s internal matter. We can resolve our problems,” he had added.

Meanwhile, the Jattrabari thana AL election steering committee yesterday expelled KM Fazlul Haque, a rebel councillor candidate for ward no. 48.

On Friday afternoon, the office of the ward no. 56 independent councillor aspirant was vandalised and torched, allegedly by the AL-backed candidate in the Borogram area.

Kamrangirchar AL general secretary Saidur Rahman Ratan said his rival, Md Hossain, had come to his office with 500–600 followers and ordered him to withdraw his name from the DSCC election.  

He claimed that they had vandalised and torched his office when he refused to stand down.

Mamunur Rashid Shuvro, an AL rebel councillor candidate of DSCC, said he would stand down from the election race if he got a formal instruction from party high-ups. “I am contesting the poll for a councillor’s position as per the instruction of Dhaka south city unit AL president Abu Ahmed Mannafi,” he added.

Party insiders said the AL high-ups were monitoring the activities of some party lawmakers and city leaders who were believed to be patronising rebel candidates.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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