AL seeks UP candidate lists from the grassroots
09 February 2016, Nirapad News: Awami League (AL) today instructed the grassroots units of the party to send lists of candidates for the upcoming Union Parishad (UP) elections.
“We are requesting the district and upazila level leaders to scrutinize the lists of candidates through holding meetings and send those in the party’s pad in the shortest possible time,” AL Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif today told a press conference after a joint meeting at the party president’s political office at Dhanmondi.
He said those who participated in the municipality polls as independent candidates or worked for them violating the party decision cannot take part in the scrutiny process.
Hanif said punishment will be given as per the party constitution to those who will violate party discipline or become candidates in the UP polls defying the party decision.
Replying to a question on editor of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam’s confession, the Awami League leader said after eight years a daily newspaper’s editor admitted that “They committed a mistake”. “But, who will take the responsibility as this mistake caused a huge loss to the countrymen and Sheikh Hasina had to go to jail. Sheikh Hasina’s reputation was defamed. Who will take this responsibility? There is no scope to skip this responsibility,” he said.
Hanif said through the confession, it becomes clear to the nation that a conspiracy was hatched during “1/11” to remove (minus) Sheikh Hasina from politics. “Conspiratorial reports were run in different newspapers during the period. Because of that, Sheikh Hasina was arrested and she had to stay in jail for 11 months on false and imaginary charges,” he said.
The joint meeting, chaired by AL Presidium Member Obaidul Quader, was attended, among others, by Joint General Secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Organising Secretaries Ahmad Hossain, BM Mozammel, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, and Agriculture and Cooperatives Affairs Secretary Dr Abdur Razzaka.