Rallies, token hunger strike: Nominees declared unwanted
Awami League leaders and activists burst into angry protests in three constituencies in Rajshahi yesterday against party nominations to businessmen newcomers, instead of senior party leaders suggested from the grassroots.On the other hand supporters of the businessmen candidates also held meetings hailing the nominations, unleashing a flurry of protest programmes and tension between AL factions.Hundreds of AL leaders and activists held protest meetings, formed human chain and observed token hunger strike. They declared the businessmen candidates unwanted in the areas and threatened to quit the party.They demanded immediate cancellation of nomination of industrialist Enamul Haque in Rajshahi-4 (Bagmara), businessman Kazi Abdul Wadud Dara in Rajshahi-5 (Puthia-Durgapur) and industrialist Shahriar Alam in Rajshahi-6 (Bagha-Charghat) constituencies.They demanded nomination of minister Sardar Amjad Hossain, Rajshahi district AL president Tajul Islam M Faruk and former lawmaker Raihanul Haque in these Jatiya Sangsad seats. These senior party leaders were selected through vote of grassroots leaders in party meetings but their opinions were ignored, they said.The party leaders in protest meetings blamed Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton for helping the businessmen to get nomination. They are not even party members, speakers at the meetings said. AL chance of victory in the coming election, created by alleged crime and corruption by BNP-Jamaat, would evaporate if proper candidates are not selected, they said.Rajshahi-4Several hundred AL men held a protest meeting at Bhawaniganj in Bagmara and formed a 200-member citizens' committee headed by Abdus Samad to create resistance against nominee Enamul Haque. The meeting held with the upazila AL secretary Zakirul Islam Santu in the chair demanded ticket for Sardar Amjad Hossain from the constituency.“Out of 63-member upazila committee, only 13 support Enamul and he was not a party member even a month ago. How can we abide by him if he gets party nomination”, said Santu.Rajshahi-5Several hundred AL men formed a human chain and held token hunger strike at Puthia and Durgapur upazilas demanding nomination for Tajul Islam M Faruk.They announced a seven-day protest programmea and declared Abdul Wadud Dara unwanted in the area. Following allefged threats, Dara along with some 50 people rushed to Rajshahi city and held a press conference at Miapara Central Public Library auditorium welcoming the nomination. Dara vowed to recover the Rajshahi-5 seat that, he said, was lost to BNP four times for wrong selection of candidate.Rajshahi-6Shahriar Alam was also declared unwanted in Rajshahi-6. At a protest meeting held at Charghat AL office with the upazila AL president Anwar Hossain in the chair, a number of party-men demanded nomination for Raihanul Haque.They threatened to leave party en masse if the grassroots selection is neglected.
AL discards fly off the handle
Awami League's nomination of candidates in the upcoming parliamentary polls kicked up an uproar among grassroots leaders, activists and supporters in some constituencies, with protesters donning shrouds in the capital...