No polls ticket for those oppose party candidates, says PM

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:01, Jul 12,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that Awami League MPs who took a stand against the party in the recently held staggered upazila parishad polls will not get party tickets in future elections.

Hasina at a meeting of Awami League parliamentary party at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the evening also directed party MPs not to involve themselves in any kind of internal feud in their respective constituencies.

‘You were elected MPs with the Awami League symbol. But you are working against Awami League. We have to examine the matter,’ ALPP president Hasina said according to an MP from the Dhaka division.

‘Awami League Working committee will take the final decision,’ the MP quoted Hasina.   

‘People who are acting against the party in the upazila polls will not get party nominations in the future,’ another MP from Dinajpur district said quoting the prime minister.

More than three other MPs also echoed the above comments by the PM.

Hasina made the comments when many Awami League rebel candidates won the staggered upazila polls held between March and June.

In many occasions, MPs supported these rebel candidates going against the party decision to support the party-nominated candidates.  

Hasina also asked MPs to stay beside the people of their constituencies, who have elected them.

She also asked them to stay beside party activists and stay away from internal feuds, several MPs echoed her sayings after the meeting.   

They said that Hasina, also Awami League president, at the meeting directed all MPs to be more disciplined while attending parliament and doing party politics in their localities.

She also asked immediate past MPs and ministers to vacate the MP hostels as soon as possible. 

These flats are not for your drivers or guards, she said, ordering them to vacate these flats.

Hasina also asked MPs to clear their dues, including ALPP membership fees and set up party office at upazilas and zilas at the earliest where the party do not have offices.  

She also asked MPs to control social crimes and proper expenditure of budgetary development allocation for their localities.

The meeting started at 8.30pm after the day’s proceeding was over at the parliament for the day and it ended about 10:15pm.

 AL MPs Abul Kalam Azad, Monnuzan Sufian, Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Atiur Rahman Atik, Shamim Osman, Momotaz Begom and others spoke at the meeting.

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