The Awami League is in a tough position to suppress the party’s ‘rebel candidate’ for the post of a mayor within the upcoming municipal elections. Strict organizational measures are being taken including expulsion of those who are going to be rebel candidates from party posts. they’re going to not be ready to come to any position of the team within the future. Even those that have won elections as rebel candidates within the past aren’t being given party nominations at this point.
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In such a troublesome position of the party, the amount of rebel mayoral candidates during this year’s municipal elections is coming down comparatively. Trinamool leaders and activists, also as sacrificial, clean, and efficient leaders of the aspiring party, also are relieved.
Even then, the ruling party has a minimum of eight “rebel candidates” within the first round of 25 municipal elections on December 28. Out of those eight municipalities, there are only three rebel candidates in Shayestaganj of Habiganj. In other words, there are a complete of 10 rebel candidates within the Awami League in these eight municipalities to be persisted December 28. those that are disobeying the party decision and fighting within the election field under the guise of independent candidature are against the candidate nominated by the party boat symbol. So far, they’re adamant about contesting the elections. As a result, local leaders and activists, including the party’s mayoral candidate, are uneasy. These rebel candidates became the ‘thorn within the side’ of the ruling party’s candidate as there are strong candidates from other parties including the opposition BNP. it’s been acknowledged from the experience of the past election that such a strict position was taken about the rebel candidate during this year’s municipal election. Even then, 17 ‘rebel candidates’ submitted nomination papers in 11 of the 25 municipalities within the first phase. a minimum of seven rebel candidates was later dropped as their candidacies were canceled or they withdrew within the face of the party’s tough stance. at the present, there are 10 rebel candidates in these eight municipalities.
Those who are still rebel candidates: Till the Judgment Day of submission of nomination papers for 25 municipalities on December 3, there have been four rebel candidates in Habiganj’s Shayestaganj municipality against party nominated mayoral candidate and municipal Awami League president Masuduzzaman Masuk. they’re Shayestaganj Municipal Awami League president and current municipal mayor Salek Mia, Upazila Jubo League convener Fazal Uddin Talukder, Swechchhasebak League leader Ataur Rahman Masuk and Municipal Awami League member Abul Kalam Shiplu. Among them, Ataur Rahman Masuk withdrew but the opposite three remained adamant about getting elected.
Other municipalities still have rebel candidates are Mosharraf Mia, the incumbent mayor of Dirai in Sunamganj and joint general secretary of the district Awami League; Incumbent mayor and joint general secretary of Upazila Awami League Mirza Rezaul Karim Dulal in Chatmohar, Mahmudul Hasan Mohsin, general secretary of Upazila Jubo League in Betagi, Barguna and Anwar Hossain Hawlader in Kuakata, Patuakhali.
Earlier, he was a rebel candidate but later withdrew his nomination. Sharif Hossain Dudu, former president of district BCL in Chuadanga municipality and convener of district Jubo League convening committee, Nazrul Islam, who joined Awami League from BNP in Shahjadpur, Sirajganj and Mostafizur Rahman Saju, joint general secretary of municipal Awami League in Kurigram municipality. Besides, Abu Sama, organizing secretary of Paba Upazila Awami League in Kantakhali, Rajshahi, Abdul Motaleb, Awami League leader and Shariful Islam Tipu, former general secretary of Upazila Chhatra League in Puthia were rebel candidates but their nomination papers were canceled during the choice process.
Candidates are changing thanks to rebellion: Many candidates aren’t getting party nominations within the municipal elections at this point thanks to being elected as rebel candidates within the past. Even mayors who won in previous elections as rebel candidates are being bereft of party nominations. For this reason, three candidates have already changed even after getting the primary party nomination within the first phase of 25 municipal elections. After the ultimate list of candidates was finalized, the three rebel candidates were dropped as soon because it came to the notice of the party’s policymakers.
It is learned that Riazul Islam Joarddar, brother of local MP Solaiman Haque Joarddar and joint general secretary of district Awami League, was first nominated for the post of mayor of Chuadanga Sadar Municipality. Later, the party’s central leaders received allegations that Reazul Islam Joarddar had lost the last Upazila Parishad elections as a rebel candidate. However, Jahangir Alam, the organizing secretary of the Municipal Awami League, was given the party nomination for the crime of being a rebel. Similarly, there was a change of mayoral candidate within the Madan municipality of Netrokona. Initially, the incumbent mayor Abdul Hannan Talukder Shamim was nominated but later he was dropped and Saiful Islam Saif, the central joint secretary of the Jubo League, was nominated. Abdul Hannan Talukder was elected mayor within the last election as a rebel candidate of the Awami League. Nominations have also been changed in Kushtia’s Khoksa municipality. Al Mashum Murshed was first nominated. Later he has dropped and now the present mayor Tariqul Islam has been made a candidate. Al Mashum Murshed was elected because of the chairman of the rebel candidate within the last Upazila Parishad elections.
Strict stance will continue: Some Awami League leaders said that a stern stance on rebel candidates will continue within the next phase of municipal elections as within the first phase. In the meantime, the party’s tough stance has been reflected within the selection of party mayoral candidates for 61 municipalities to be persisted January 16, consistent with the Election Commission’s schedule. The nominations of those candidates were finalized at a gathering of the party’s Awami League government Representative Nomination Board last Friday. And within the third phase, the party will have an equivalent attitude within the selection process of candidates for 64 more municipal elections to be persisted January 30.
They further said that efforts are going to be made to withdraw the candidature by explaining to those that are or are going to be rebel candidates. But if they still contest against the boat in defiance of the central decision, they need to be expelled from the party ranks, especially within the field, for life. Besides, the rebel candidates will never get party nominations in the future. He won’t be ready to come to any position within the team in the future. However, albeit someone may be a rebel candidate and withdraws his nomination following the party’s instructions, they’re going to be evaluated in other places later.
Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, a member of Awami League President Lee and a member of the government Representative Nomination Board, said those that would rebel candidates would never be allowed to board the boat again. Can’t even stay within the team position. So I urge those that are still rebels to maneuver faraway from this position and show loyalty to the party.
Abdur Rahman, another member of the party’s presidium and nomination board, said if anyone wanted to be a rebel candidate, he would burn his own forehead.