AL worried about party’s grass roots feuds | 2017-04-24 |

AL worried about party’s grass roots feuds

Shawkat Ali Khan     24th April, 2017 11:18:47 printer

AL worried about party’s grass roots feuds

Ruling Awami League top brass are concerned over the intra-party feuds at the party’s grass roots level ahead of the next national election, according to party sources.


Insiders say that many top AL leaders fear that if the grass roots continue with internal feuds it may be suicidal for the party in the next parliamentary polls scheduled for 2019.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, has already directed the ministers, MPs and senior leaders to resolve the internal feuds in their respective areas ahead of the next polls.


But defying the party chief’s directive, the grass roots leaders and activists continue to stage bloody clashes across the country over establishing supremacy in their areas.


A record of Ain O Salish Kendra shows that infighting of the ruling Awami League and its youth and student wings left some 11 persons dead in the last three months.


A total of 35 incidents of clashes took place between the AL rival groups across the country during the period, leaving six people dead and 576 injured, it says.  


In a single incident of clash between the supporters of AL and Juba League, the youth wing of the party, three people were killed and 22 injured.


BCL activists were locked in clashes four times, leaving two dead and 11 injured.


The record of the organisation also shows that political violence left some 177 people dead in 2016 and 83 of the victims were from the ruling party.


Some 153 and 147 were killed in 2015 and 2014 respectively due to political violence. Of them, 33 and 34 were from the ruling party.


AL presidium member Faruk Khan told daily sun that as Awami League is a big party, there has been some internal feuds at the grassroots.


“Internal feuds are reducing,” he said, adding that action will be taken if any of their leaders and activists do anything breaching the party discipline.


Insiders say that the party has already taken a move to tame the internal feuds ahead of the next parliamentary elections.


They say the party will summon the leaders of four districts at party chief Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in April to resolve the internal feuds.


“We will sit with leaders of those districts to put an end to internal party feuds,” AL general secretary Obadul Quader said.


As part of the plan, the AL will sit with Chuadanga on April 23, Jessore on 24, Sathkhira on 25 and Nilphamari on April 27.


The AL has been running the state affairs since 2009 while the political activities of rival parties, including BNP-led 20-party alliance, are almost showcased.


Under the circumstances, several groups have been created in every district and getting  involved in internal feud over establishing supremacy and making fortune.


After analyzing the recently held local government elections, party insiders fear that such violent incident may rise ahead of the next parliamentary polls.


Some 25 BCL leaders and activists were injured on Tuesday in Chittagong as police opened fire on them while they were staging a siege programme, demanding a halt to the construction work of a swimming pool at the outer stadium.


It is learnt that incumbent mayor AJM Nasir wants construction of the swimming pool while former mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury stands against it.


The BCL leaders had to shed blood due to feud between the two top leaders of Chittagong.


Besides the incident of bloodshed, the leaders and activists have to force to leave their areas due to cases filed against each other.


The rivalry between land minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu and BCL-Juba League is open.

It is learnt that Ishwardi Juba League president Shirhan Sharif Tamal, also a son of the minister and JL secretary Rajib Biswas  locked clashed with BCL municipal president Sohag Biswas and Iswardi College BCL president Anwar Hossain on March 28.


Top leaders of Ishwardi BCL unit have been on the run due to cases filed against them.


In a recent incident at Raipura in Narsingdi, supporters of two AL leaders locked in a clash, leaving one people dead while 21 injured critically.


Besides vandalizing property, some 15 houses were torched.


In Nilokkha union of the same upazila, clashes between two top leaders have been on for the last one month. Some five people were killed and several hundreds were injured during the clashes.


Nearly hundred people were injured on Tuesday during a clash between two groups of Saltha upazila in Faridpur. Some 40 houses were vandalized and looted while the house of former UP chairman Altaf Hossain were set on fire.


It is learnt that the clash ensues among the supporters of Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury’s son Ayman Akbar Bablu Chowdhury and LGRD minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain’s loyal Saltha unit organsing secretary Chowdhury Sabbir Ali.


Some 15 received bullets during chasing and counter chasing of the two groups at Hatia on March 19. It is learnt that Jahazmara union Juba League organized a discussion programme marking the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu on March 17. Centering the anniversary programme, activists of UP chairman Masum Billah locked in a clash with former chairman ATM Sirajuddin at Jahazmara Bazar at about 9:00pm on March 18.


Besides, a BCL activist was killed and dozens of others were injured while celebrating programmes on March 26 at Sonagazi in Feni, Rupganj in Narayanganj and Srinagar in Munshiganj.


Some 24 people were injured on February 15 in a clash of two groups in Rupganj over establishing supremacy.


On February 2, incident of firing took place during the clashes of Shahjadpur former president VP Rahim and district unit organizing secretary and mayor Halimul Haque Miru. Local journalist Abdul Hakim Shimul was shot dead while covering the incident.


On the same day in Sherpur, ruling party activists chopped Ataur Rahman Model College Principal Golam Hasan Khan.


The next day in Kushtia, supporters of Ziarkhali union AL unit general secretary Abdul Quader and ward unit president Afzal Hossain were locked in a clash, leaving Idris Ali killed.


Sathkania’s Sadaha union BCL unit organising secretary Yasir Arafat was killed on February 22 in a armed clash between the two groups of BCL over a tender bidding at Chittagong City Corporation office.


On January 24, Mirsharai’s Wahedpur union BCL leader Nurul Amin Muhuri was killed during a clash at Nizampur University College.


On January 12, three people were killed in clashes between the supporters of Sunamganj district unit president Matiur Rahman and lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta.


On January 11, Pirojpur’s Baramachua union Swechasebak League president Kaium Hossain was beaten by the rivals.


On the same day, two groups of BCL Salimullah Medical College Hospital were locked in a clash.


An activist was killed on January 10 in clash between the supporters of Shariatpur’s Baraikandi union chairman Siraj Shikder and former chairman Shafi Uddin.