Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Badsha in despair again

Published On: 2008-10-26

Prof Abdul Khaleque(left) and Fazle Hossain Badsha (right)

AL men demand party candidate in Rajshahi-2

Workers' Party Politburo member Fazle Hossain Badsha is facing strong opposition again from local Awami League leaders in getting 14-party alliance nomination for Rajshahi-2 constituency though he quit the mayoral race in AL's favour on promise of alliance ticket in Jatiya Sangsad election.AL leaders and activists close to Rajshahi mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton are now speaking out against Badsha's nomination from Rajshahi-2 comprising Rajshahi Sadar and Paba upazilas. They argue that Badsha did not work for Liton in the mayoral polls. They said Badsha will not get support of AL leaders and activists even if he is chosen ignoring their demand for an AL candidate.The Rajshahi Citizens' Committee, floated ahead of August 4 mayoral election to campaign for Liton, has also backed out from its promise that it would support Badsha in JS election on the plea of grassroots demand for an AL candidate in the constituency.Badsha, however, said that he is working for the JS election and that his alliance nomination is 'almost ensured'. Badsha, who had earlier got alliance green signal to contest the mayoral polls, withdrew from the race in the face of strong demand from local AL for nominating Liton.Talking to this correspondent, Mayor Liton said the alliance should not take a decision ignoring opinion of grassroots leaders and activists. “I will not comment on his (Badsha's) nomination right now. It is solely the business of 14-party leaders... We will abide by their decision”.Dr Sayed Shafiqul Alam, member secretary of Rajshahi Nagorik Committee, also said this is not the time to make comment.“Our promise was made in a separate perspective. After quitting the mayoral race, Badsha did never sit with 14-party leaders", he said. Rajshahi city AL vice-president Rafik Uddin said, “Badsha failed to maintain relations with local Awami League and we, all leaders and activists are demanding for selection of a party candidate. They said party men may give their opinion for selecting Prof Abdul Khaleque, former vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University and central AL adviser, for nomination in Rajshahi-2.When contacted, Prof Khaleque said, “I will agree to run the race if party men want”.Talking to The Daily Star, Badsha said, he is taking preparations so that he can win the election race. “Awami League will understand the necessity of staying united to fight fundamentalists”. “After securing 14-party nomination and taking all preparations, I quit the mayoral race officially and thus paved the way for Liton. What bigger support for Liton could be there on my part?”

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