More than 100 leaders are seeking nominations for 13 Sylhet upazila chairmen positions
Awami League leaders in different upazilas of Sylhet have been hoping to be nominated by the party in the upcoming upazila election.
Consequently, the party's district and upazila-level senior leaders are under immense pressure.
An Awami League source said more than 100 leaders want nominations for the post of upazila chairman in 13 upazilas of Sylhet. District Awami League Leaders are sending the names of at least 70 candidates to the central unit.
Sylhet Awami League Deputy Office Secretary Zoglu Chowdhury told the Dhaka Tribune that 11 leaders want the party's nomination for the chairman post in Sylhet's Beanibazar. A list with the names of the 11 leaders has been sent to the central unit of Awami League.
He said that only Golapganj upazila, with the party's Upazila President Advocate Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury; and Zakiganj upazila, with party leader Lokman Uddin Chowdhury, have sole candidates whose name were proposed to the central unit.
In the other upazilas, the names of five to six candidates were sent to the central unit, and from these lists, the names of the candidates for nominations will be finalized by Awami League's central unit, the Awami League leader added.
Requesting to remain anonymous, an Awami League source said two heavyweight Awami League leaders—District Awami League vice-president and current Upazila chairman Ashfaq Ahmed, and District Awami League Joint Secretary Sujat Ali Rafiq—want to become contenders for chairman in Sylhet Sadar Upazila.
In an extended meeting in sadar upazila, chants by the supporters of the two leaders put the other leaders in an uncomfortable situation. Another district Awami League source said the names of five people, including the two top leaders, have been proposed for a nomination.
District Awami League has temporarily suspended the party's Upazila Secretary Aftab Ali Kala Miah, and organizing secretary, for starting an altercation and ruining a meeting in Sylhet's Companiganj upazila.
However, the suspension was withdrawn because the party's leaders and activists protested strongly against it.
The source said six names of candidates—including district Awami League Organizing Secretary and former student leader Advocate Muhammad Ali Dulal—for the position of upazila chairman, were sent to the central unit.
An Awami League source said the potential candidates of Sylhet are currently in Dhaka to buy nomination forms.
Many candidates expressed their excitement, after it was announced that upazila vice-chairmen positions will be filled through the party’s decision.