Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rebelling Liton in Mayoral Polls: Rajshahi city AL expels Dulu, Labu

Rajshahi City Awami League last night expelled two of its front ranking leaders including its president Masudul Haque Dulu for contesting in the August 4 city corporation election against party leader AHM Khairuzzaman Liton. Liton was elected mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation.

The city AL unit in its executive committee meeting also expelled vice-president of the city unit Mostaque Ahmed Labu, Dulu's close associate.

The expulsion orders would be sent to AL central committee for its approval, said meeting sources.

Twelve other Dulu's men including three city AL vice- presidents were also asked to explain why they would not be expelled from the party for 'breaking party rules'.

The vice presidents are Bazlar Rahman, Mir Iqbal Hossain and Tabibur Rahman Sheikh.

The other leaders are Shamsur Rahman, Mir Abul Kalam Azad, Khairul Bashar, Salauddin Raju, Menajjul Hossain, Mansur Zaman, Khairul Kabir, Wares Ali and Saiful Islam.

They were asked to show cause within seven days.

The decisions were taken unanimously at the executive committee meeting that was presided over by the unit's vice president Rafik Uddin, said city AL acting general secretary Shafikur Rahman Badsha.

Among the 71 members of the committee, 56 were present in the meeting, the sources said.

Badsha told newsmen that the actions came mainly as Dulu contested in the mayoral election against his party man while others assisted him in election campaign, defying the city AL unit's approval of AHM Khairuzzman candidature.

They are also blamed for violating many other party decisions and for inaction in party activities in the past, he said.

Before the decisions, Dulu and Labu were asked to show cause on August 10.

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