AL rebels, their backers to lose party posts
Awami League has decided to strip its rebel candidates and their supporters, including ministers, lawmakers, district committee presidents and general secretaries, off the party posts.
Those who stood in the last Upazila elections defying party instructions and those who supported them will lose their party posts.
They will also be served with show-cause notice within three weeks.
The organizational action was taken by the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) led by AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a joint meeting of the ALCWC and Advisory Council at her official residence Ganobhaban in the city on Friday evening.
The meeting lasted for about three hours. The AL rebel candidates even who became victorious will also face the music and their party posts will be taken away.
At the meeting, eight organizing secretaries of the party placed their reports specifying the leaders who backed the AL rebel candidates opposing the AL-nominated candidates.
After their reports and discussion, the ALCWC took the decision. On April 5, at the first meeting following the December 30 polls, the ALCWC decided to serve show-cause notices to the AL defiant leaders for opposing the AL-nominated candidates in the upazila elections.
However, the decision is yet to come into effect.
Awami League Presidium Member Faruk Khan told The Daily Observer, "The decision of April 5 came on principle and the organizing secretaries were asked to place detailed reports specifying the AL defiant leaders.
As the detailed reports have been placed, the ALCWC led by Sheikh Hasina took the decision.
AL Organizing Secretary BM Mozammel Haque told this correspondent that those who were the AL rebel candidates in the upazila polls and those who supported them defying the party decision will be stripped off their party posts.
The AL rebel backers include Ministers, MPs, Presidents, General Secretaries of districts, upazilas and other responsible leaders, he said.
The Organising Secretary said the party also took elaborate programmes to observe the mourning month of August to remind the people about the great life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The party will arrange commemoration meeting even at union level, he said.
At the meeting of April 5, Sheikh Hasina stated that the MPs and the AL leaders who opposed the party candidates in the upazila polls will not ever be given party ticket.
At Friday meeting, AL President urged the AL Advisory Council members to become more active to strengthen the party and to advise the party leaders on organizational matters, said AL Central leader Advocate ABM Riazul Kabir Kawser.
Sheikh Hasina termed the Advisory Council a 'think tank' and asked it to continue meetings and seminars.
She stressed the need for strengthening the organization and mobilizing public support in favour of the party to retain the status of developing country.