Monday, August 25, 2008

Upazila polls may trigger intra-party feud in AL, BNP


Leaders of Awami league and BNP in Rajshahi are worried that they may face a 'risk of impending intra-party rift' by approving candidature of party men in the planned upazila election.

They apprehend that grassroots leaders who will not get party nod in upazila elections may work against them in general election.

The situation is worst for BNP. Party leaders in many northern districts are already witnessing splits in the party while the gap between BNP and its ally Jamaat is widening.

"We are against holding of upazila election before national polls as it will create manifold problems in country's politics that is already in crisis", said Azizur Rahman, president of Rajshahi BNP.

He, however, admitted that many BNP leaders have expressed opinions for contesting the upazila election. "They are taking their own decisions as we are against the polls".

Some Awami League bigwigs said, rift in the party has already started surfacing as a number of grassroots leaders are showing up to contest for posts of upaizla chairmen. The aspirants are also facing obstacles.

On Saturday night, Abdul Latif, a chairman aspirant in Durgapur upazila in Rajshahi lodged a complaint with Puthia police station that district Awami League president Tajul Islam M Faruk and his cohorts threatened to kill him.

Latif of Hoja Anantapur village wrote in his complaint that Tajul's men were threatening him since he started campaign for upazila election following support of grassroots leaders.

"I am feeling insecure as Tajul's cadres threatened me with death on August 20. His cadres had attempted on my life in 1998 after giving threats", he said in the compliant.

Three other accused in the complain are Tajul's brother Anisur Rahman, Durgapur upazila Awami League president Nazrul Islam and his close aide Tofazzal Hossain.

Reacting to the complaint, Tajul said, "How Latif, being a listed terrorist, was allowed into the police station for lodging complain?.

"Such embarrassment like the one created by Latif will surely hamper our image ahead of parliamentary election", Tajul said.

Ahsanul Haque Masud, former central vice-president of Bangladesh Chhatra League and a probable chairman candidate in Puthia upazila echoed Tajul's sentiment.

He said, leaders who are likely to contest in parliamentary polls are already in a dilemma in choosing party men for contesting for the post of upazila chairman.

Mozaharul Islam, former vice-president of Chowgram union BNP in Shingra upazila in Natore district said, district leaders who are likely to contest in parliamentary polls are not intervening into upazila election affairs.

"They are giving assurances to all aspirants in planned upazila election", he said. Many leaders are avoiding workers in the unhealthy political scenario, he added.

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