Civic body polls turn violent

AL struggles to stop internal feuds, councillor candidate killed

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:14, Jan 15,2021


The ruling Awami League struggles to stop internal feuds and rebel candidates as civic body polls have turned violent at places.

Top leadership of the party is also annoyed over the situation as at least three people, including a rebel candidate, have been killed in intraparty clashes relating to elections to a city corporation and a municipality.

Awami League leaders said that party president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked AL leaders, including joint secretaries and organising secretaries, to take immediate actions to solve internal feuds of the district-level committees.

They said that the party leaders concerned were asked to dissolve the district committees where president and secretaries were maintaining separate groups.

They said that the party’s top leadership thought that the intraparty electoral violence was the result of the internal feuds.

New Age correspondent at Islamic University in Kushtia reported that the body of an independent ward councillor candidate was recovered from the River Kumar under Shailakupa upazila in Jhenaidah early Thursday, hours after his opponent candidate’s brother, also an Awami League leader, had been stabbed to death allegedly by rivals, in Shailakupa upazila in Jhenaidah.

The deceased were identified as Alamgir Hossain Babu, an independent councillor candidate of ward no-8 for the municipal elections, and Liyakot Hossain, 50, acting general secretary of Umedpur union unit of Awami League and brother of Shailakupa upazila ward no-8 municipal election councillor candidate Shawkat Ali.

Shailakupa police officer-in-charge Jahangir Hossain, quoting local people, said that supporters of Alamgir attacked Liyakot and his brother Shawkat at about 8:30pm when they were conducting electioneering at Kabirpur.

The attackers stabbed Shawkat and Liyakot, leaving them critically injured. Later, Liyakot was declared dead at Shailakupa Upazila Health Complex.

Five hours after the incident, the body of Alamgir Hossain was recovered from the River Kumar.

The elections to Shailakupa municipality ward no-8 have been suspended due to the death of the candidate.

Campaigns for elections to other municipalities, scheduled to be held tomorrow, had started on December 30 and ended on Thursday.

Earlier on Tuesday night, AL councillor candidate’s supporter Md Asgar Ali Babul, 50, was killed in a clash between the supporters of the AL candidate and its rebel candidate at Daublemooring, during the electioneering of the forthcoming Chattogram City Corporation polls, slated for January 27.

United News of Bangladesh reported that supporters of two factions of the AL locked into a series of clashes at Arani municipality in Rajshshahi over the mayoral elections on Wednesday.

Local people said that a clash broke out between the supports of AL mayor candidate Shahiduzzaman Shahid and rebel candidate Mukta Ali when Shahid was holding a rally at Taltola Bazar in the municipality around 9:30 pm.

AL intraparty clashes also took place in areas like Narayaganj and Kushtia over municipality polls.

Addressing a virtual press conference, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said that the people who had contested in local government or other polls against the party-nominated candidates in the past were not getting nominations from the party and they would not get the nominations in future as well.

Quader said that AL president Sheikh Hasina gave directives to the leaders who had been given the charge of eight divisions to resolve organisational problems at different levels.

In November 2020, the AL removed presidents and general secretaries of its Sirajganj and Narsingdi units over factional feuds.

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