The ruling Awami League is yet to decide what kind of punitive actions would be taken against the rebel contenders of the two city corporations elections in Dhaka though the party chief Sheikh Hasina and the party stalwarts warned them several times of severe consequences for any violation of the party decision.
Besides, party leaders, mostly those were designated in nominating party candidate, are showing soften stand to the rebel candidates and taking more times for monitoring the situation.
The councillor candidates, who defied party decisions, defended their position, saying that they are not going against the party decisions as local government elections are not taking place on party basis. They have also vowed to remain in the poll-race for the councillor posts, terming them popular candidates and dedicated party activists. .
However, many leaders said that party would not take any action against them until the last hope ends. If the rebel candidates were not stopped their campaign or worked against the party candidates than the party will face trouble in city corporations polls in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) because of larger number of party candidates for one post.
Party sources said that the rebel councillor candidates did not withdraw their nominations despite several notices. The party had asked the rebel candidates to submit their signed withdrawal letters to the party. A few candidates have submitted the withdrawal letters, but majority of the rebel candidates did not follow the party's directive till the date.
Some rival candidates also alleged that several BNP men, who were disowned by the party, have been participating in the polls under the banner of Awami League. Even several terrorists and extortionists have got the party blessing in exchange of money. So, they have become rival candidates as a mark of protest against such fowl practices of a section of party leaders.
International Affairs Secretary Faruk Khan, also the AL electioneering committee coordinator, said, "Party yet to decide any actions against rebel candidates, rather party will observe the situation for a couple of days, and then take disciplinary action against them."
AL Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury told the Daily Observer, "The rebel candidates have no relation with the party and we have nominated single candidate against each ward."
The ruling party has announced a list of 91 councillor candidates out of total 93 wards, and 31 female councillor candidates for the reserved seats for women in the elections in Dhaka North and Dhaka South.
In DSCC's ward-2 party nominated candidate is Anisur Rahman Anis but two rebel candidates Abdul Mannan and Kamrul Hasan are still campaigning for their own.
Maksud Hossain Mohsin is supported by AL in ward -3. But Afsar Uddin is also contesting as rebel from this ward.
In ward-4, Masud Hasan Shameem has received party ticket as councillor candidate. But Sabujbagh AL vice-president Golam Mostafa has filed nomination papers as a councillor contestant from the same ward.
Ward-5 AL chief Ashrafuzzaman Sharif is campaigning in the election with party blessing while AL leader Ismat Takir (Taki Babu) has emerged as a rival contestant.
Also in Dhaka South, Sultan Mia, president of ward-8 AL unit, has got the party nod, while fellow leaders Akramuzzaman, Firoz Alam and Mazharul Islam have also stood in the election.
In ward-9, Arifur rahman and Moksemul Hakim Khan were also contesting against the party candidate AKM Mominul Hoque Saeed.
Maruf Ahmed Monsur has also a rebel candidate named Mashrur Ahmed in ward-10.
AL-backed Golam Ashraf Ali Talukdar is facing AL ward unit president Sekandar Ali for ward-12 councillorship.
Ahmed Tasiful Hasan is contesting as a rebel candidate against party nominated contestant Jakir Hossain Shopon in ward-13.
AL-backed Salahuddin Dhali is facing Akter Hossain Niru for ward-17 councillorship.
In ward-18, Jasim Uddin Ahmed received party approval whereas New Market thana unit Swechchhasebak League president Abdul Khaleque is also on the councillor aspirants' list.
Munshi Kamruzzaman Kajal, despite receiving AL blessing for ward-19, found Raman thana AL president Abul Bashar as one of the contestants.
Bangladesh Chhatra League central committee assistant secretary Asaduzzaman Asad has emerged as a contestant to AL-backed MA Hamid Khan in ward-21.
AL leaders FKM Iqbal, Abdul Muhaimen, Monirul Haq Babu, Toriqul Islam Sajeeb and Mohammad Abed Ali are the contestants for ward-22. The ruling party is yet to confirm its choice from among them.
Lalbagh thana AL general secretary Humayun Kabir has two rebel candidates- MA Akbar and Haji Alamgir in ward 23.
Monir Hossain is contesting as rebel candidate against Haji Delwar Hossain in ward-25
The party candidate for ward 26, Osman Ghani, has two rebels to face in election. They are Hasibur Rahman and Anisur Rahman Humayun.
AL-backed Mohammad Yunus Sumon has two fellow rivals- Lalbagh thana AL vice-president Mohammad Yunus and joint general secretary Kamaluddin Bablu in ward-28.
In ward-29, Sirajul Islam has not given up race despite Jahangir Alam Babul received party nod.
Party nominee Sheikh Mohammed Alamgir is contesting against Shafiqur Rahman Jahangir in ward-31. Abdul Mannan, Billal Shah, Md Montu and Md. Suba against party ticket holder Mohammad Safiur Rahman in ward 32.
Bachcha Nauaj and Shahabuddin Joni have been campaigning against party nominee Abdur Rahman Miaji at ward no. 37
Awami League leader Faisal Ahmed Nasir is taking part in the electioneering as councillor candidate at Ward No 42. But, the AL extended its support to Yar Mohammad Yaru in the ward.
AL has three rebel candidates in ward-44 are Moshiur Rahman Nipu, Nizam Uddin, Mohammad Ali against Saleh Zaman Selim.
Sarwer Bepari is contesting against party nominee Nasir Ahmed Bhuyan in ward-47. Mohammad Nasim has two rebel candidates named M Hamid and Rafiqul Islam Shahin in ward-52, Haji Nure Alam is vying against party candidate Keramot Ali in ward 55.