AL to act against 200 defiant leaders
The Awami League will take action against over 200 defiant leaders for breaking the party discipline by opposing the AL nominated candidates in the recently concluded upazila elections. At first, the rebellious leaders-- the rebel candidates and their backers including MPs, Presidents, General Secretaries of district and upazila units will be served show cause notice. If their replies are not satisfactory, the party will go on for action. Organisational action against the defiant leaders will depend on the gravity of the breaking of party discipline, said AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader. He said the party will start serving show cause notice to the insolent leaders from July 28.
Till Friday, the party has received allegations against 200 party leaders, he said, noting that they will wait for new allegations to arrive till July 27. Quader said the organising secretaries will scrutinize the allegations against the defiant leaders and will be served notices to show cause within three weeks.
"We will take organizational action against them if the replies are not satisfactory," he told a press conference at the party president's political office in Dhanmondi in the capital. Quader said those leaders who opposed the party candidates in upazila elections will not get party tickets in any election. AL central leaders on July 12 said that the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) decided to suspend the rebel candidates and their backers from the party posts.
AL organising Secretary BM Mozammel Haque told the Daily Observer, "As AL is a democratic party, the alleged renegade leaders will be served show cause notice at first. They may also have solid reasons for their action. After scrutiny of the allegations and replies, we will take organizational measures."
Earlier on April 5, in 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 did not see the light of the day as the disobedient leaders were not identified, Awami League Presidium Member Faruk Khan told this correspondent.
According to AL central leaders, about 200 AL rebel candidates took part in the upazila elections and they were backed by many MPs, Ministers, responsible leaders of districts and upazilas. However, it will be difficult for the party to take strong measures against the defiant leaders as the backers in most of the cases acted for the rebel candidates behind the scene, they said. Moreover, a huge number of rebel candidates were seen because of the election boycott by opposition camp and strict measures will weaken the grassroots, they noted.