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Awami League faces internal feud

Noman Chowdhury     18th February, 2017 12:16:56 printer

Awami League faces internal feud

The ruling Awami League is on a slippery slope as a section of its grassroots leaders indulge in internal feuds, use of firearms, misconducts and other unhealthy activities.


Party insiders said such activities are tarnishing the image of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government.


The party drew flak from various quarters as some of its grassroots leaders are locked in bitter internal feuds and involved in committing killing and brandishing firearms.


The serious acts and the grouping of some leaders made their high command embarrassed during the present regime.


In the latest event, AL Dhaka district-unit leaders of the party became aggressive and blamed each other at a meeting in presence of its general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday.


The unwanted event that made Obaidul Quader embarrassed took place because of an internal feud.


Addressing the meeting, Savar upazila unit AL general secretary Haider Ali said there are some internal feuds among leaders of the chapter.


Dhamrai upazila unit AL general secretary Shakhawat Hossain Saku said they have been frustrated due to internal feuds among leaders of the upazila chapter.


AL leaders are frustrated owing to a grouping and communication gap between incumbent lawmaker MA Malek and former lawmaker Benzir Ahmed in Dhamrai.


At the meeting, many leaders of the party’s Dhaka district unit also made allegations of misdeeds against each other and said the organisational strength will be weaken if AL fails to resolve feuds among district-level leaders.


Later, the tense situation came under control after Obaidul Quader intervened in the matter.


On February 2, an internal feud has triggered a fierce clash between two groups of Jubo League, an associate body of AL, at Iswardi in Pabna, leaving two people bullet-hit. The infighting took place over establishing supremacy in the area.


On the same day, Sherpur district unit AL leader Golam Hasan was chopped by a rival group of the party over an internal feud.


A local journalist was killed at Shahjadpur in Sirajganj on February 2 during a clash between two groups of local AL men.


After the killing, AL expelled Shahjadpur municipal mayor Halimul Haq Miru from the party for his alleged involvement in the killing.


Besides, three people were killed in a clash between two groups of AL activists over establishing control over a water body at Dirai in Sunamganj on January 17.


Apart from this, Haimchar upazila unit AL general secretary Nur Hossain faced widespread criticism as he walked down several people during a sports competition at a school.


Contacted, AL joint secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif refused to make any comments about feuds among the party’s grassroots level.


“I am not interested to make any comment on this.

Please, talk to the party general secretary,” he said.


This correspondent failed to contact the AL general secretary as he did not receive the phone call.