AL rebel candidates of UP polls to face punishment soon

Mahbub Hasan
Published : 06:00, Aug 23, 2019 | Updated : 06:00, Aug 23, 2019

This June 2018 photo shows Awami League’s emblem and party symbol engraved on the front side of the new Awami League`s central office at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka Gulistan. CourtesyThe rebel AL leaders who disregarded party instructions and participated at the UP elections have not faced any punitive measure as yet.
Party sources say that renegades could not be punished for three reasons: 1. Delay in the assessment of the sweeping complaints made at the time, 2. Lack of organisational activity in the month of mourning and 3. The party’s lenient stance towards rebel candidates who stood by the party through thick and thin.
However, a government source says that from early September, rebels will start to get termination letters. Those who supported rebels will also be removed from party posts.
MPs and ministers who supported rogue candidates will not be given nomination in the future.
AL praesidium member, Lt Co Faruk Khan, says: “Due to the month of mourning, the issue of punishment is suspended but the organizational secretaries are working on the matter.
There are allegations of rebellion against 600 people including 250 candidates and 70 MPs and ministers.
A party decision was taken not to give AL nomination to MPs and ministers who opposed party decisions.
At an AL executive council meeting, a decision was taken to expel rebels.
UP election was held in five steps; the last stage was on Jun 18. Of the 473 upazilas, 149 were won by independent candidates and of them, 140 are AL rebels.