Names of around 55 leaders were sent to Awami League's central unit for nominations
Many Awami League activists have declared themselves as rebel candidates for the upazila election in Sylhet, despite the presence of party-nominated candidates.
The district's senior leaders, along with grassroots leaders and activists, are worried about this turnabout.
The final list of Awami League's nominated candidates have already been declared in 11 upazilas of Sylhet.
The upazila election will be held in March 18 (Phase 2). However, as the tenure of the chairperson in Osmaninagar upazila has not yet been completed, the election will not be taking place there. Meanwhile in Fenchuganj, the list of candidates was not yet finalized as of this Tuesday.
A source from Sylhet Awami League said over 100 leaders in 12 upazilas of Sylhet have wanted nominations for the post of upazila chairman. Among them, the names of 55 leaders were sent to Awami League's central unit.
Many leaders whose names were in the list have become quite active as rebel candidates, especially in Companiganj, Gowainghat, and Jaintiapur.
Paschim Islampur Union Awami League President Shamim Ahmed, son of incumbent upazila Chairman Abdul Basir, has declared he would contest in the election, as opposed to the party-nominated Companiganj Awami League Organizing Secretary Jahangir Alam.
In Gowainghat upazila, Awami League's Organizing Secretary in the United States of America Faruk Ahmed has announced he would contest in the polls against party-nominated upazila Awami League's General Secretary Golam Kibria Helal. He has been running campaigns in his electoral areas.
It is worth mentioning that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against Jaintiapur Awami League candidate upazila General Secretary Liaquat Ali with Ramna police station, accusing him of acquiring over Tk25,752,231 of illegal wealth.
Supporters of Jaintiapur Awami League acting President Kamal Ahmed has said he would participate in the polls as a rebel candidate.
In Sylhet Sadar upazila, Vice President of Awami League's Sylhet unit Ashfaq Ahmed has been nominated from the party again, while Sylhet unit's Joint Secretary Prof Sujat Ali Rafik is contesting against him.
In Kanaighat upazila, Krishak League's central Vice President and Sylhet's Metropolitan President Abdul Momin Chowdhury was nominated, whereas upazila Chhatra League's former central religious affairs secretary Khayer Chowdhury has declared he would run in the election as an independent candidate.
In Beanibazar, the current Chairman and Upazila Awami League General Secretary Alhaj Ataur Rahman Khan has been nominated, while Upazila Swechchhasebak League President Abul Kashem Pallab and former Chhatra League Secretary Shamim Ahmed will be contesting as rebel candidates, local journalists said.
Awami League Golapganj upazila President Advocate Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury and party leader Lokman Uddin Chowdhury from Zakiganj were proposed to be nominated as the sole candidates of the areas. No one has declared themselves as rebel candidates in these two upazilas as of yet.
SM Nunu Miah received the Awami League nomination in Bishwanath upazila. District Awami League General Secretary Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury ran campaigns on Monday supporting him.
Sylhet District Awami League Deputy Office Secretary Joglu Chowdhury said: "We expect the grassroots leaders and workers to work for the nominated candidates."
He said the central Awami League unit will make decisions about taking action against those who work against party candidates.
Among the remaining upazilas of Sylhet, Md Abu Jahid from Dakshin Surma upazila and Md Mostakur Rahman from Balaganj upazila will run for the election as Awami League's candidates.