A meeting scheduled for Sunday between Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader and the party’s rebel candidates for councillor posts in the Chattogram city elections has been postponed.
‘We have postponed the extended meeting of Sunday but a meeting with the senior leaders will be held behind closed doors, said Mosharraf Hossain, chief coordinator of Awami League’s Chattogram City Corporation polls.
Earlier on Thursday, Mosharraf told the rebel candidates that the party general secretary would come to Chattogram on March 8 and he would take decision about them.
Mosharraf said the party general secretary would give directions and suggestion s for the upcoming city polls.
‘Decisions of the party’s nomination board led by party president and prime minister Sheilkh Hasina are the final,’ he said adding that anyone violating the decisions would face action for violating the party’s code of conduct.
The rebels, however, stick to their position and vowed to contest the election.
There are 211 candidates for 41 wards and 57 candidates for 14 councillor posts reserved for women. Awami League has posted one candidate in each ward and more 73 leaders of the party are contesting the polls as rebel candidates.
Senior leaders in Chattogram Awami League said that there were more competent leaders than the nominated candidates in at least 13 wards.
They said that in wards 2, 5, 11, 13, 19, 25, 36, 37, and 40 the nomination-deprived leaders were of clean image and very competent.
City unit vice-president of the party Khorshed Alam Sujon told New Age that some dishonest leaders got the party’s nomination. ‘But only the nomination board has the authority to change the candidates. So, if anyone goes against it, they would be expelled from the party,’ he said.
City unit general secretary and incumbent mayor AJM Nasir Uddin also echoed the same. He said that some competent leaders did not get the nominations and some useless leaders got the ticket.
One of the rebel candidates said that the prime minister did not know the leaders at all wards. ‘Some competent candidates became victims of the wrath of local leaders,’ he said.
South Kattali ward incumbent councillor Morshed Akter Chowdhury said he failed to secure nomination because of money invested by his rivals.
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