Against this backdrop, the city chapter of Awami League has decided to take organizational steps against the rebel councillor candidates
The tenacious rebel councilor candidates who refused to quit the race have turned out to be a pain in the back for Awami League.
On January 12, four days after the electioneering campaign resumed, the supporters of Awami League-backed councillor candidate, Nazrul Islam, and rebel candidate, Abdul Kader, engaged in the gunfight engaged in a gunfight that left one dead in the city.
Previously on March 18, the supporters of two councillor candidates – Morshed Akhter Chowdhury and Md Ismail – locked into a clash leaving a man dead.
Against this backdrop, the city chapter of Awami League has decided to take organizational steps against the rebel councillor candidates.
Although the party decided to take hardline, the rebel contestants have refused to step out of the electoral race and are still standing their ground.
This time a total of 17 immediate past ward councillors including 14 general and three reserved have failed to secure tickets from Awami League for entering the fray. And most of them are known to be followers of Awami League Chittagong city unit general secretary and outgoing mayor AJM Nasir Uddin.
This time 12 out of the 17 immediate past ward councillors who have fallen out of favour are still running the electoral race. AJM Nasir himself has failed to secure the party ticket for vying as a mayoral candidate.
Speaking about the party’s stand regarding the rebel candidates, AJM Nasir Uddin said that they would serve notice on the candidates who have become contestants without the party's approval.
“All will have to abide by the party decision. Otherwise, organizational steps will be taken against the candidates violating the party's decision. Steps will also be taken against them so that they could not get any nomination or organizational post in the future,” said Nasir.
Meanwhile, Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) beefed up vigilance to avert any electoral violence or clashes in the city.
This time, seven mayoral candidates including Awami League-nominated Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, BNP-backed Dr Shahadat Hossain, MA Matin backed by Bangladesh Islamic Front, Abul Manjur backed by National Peoples Party, Wahed Murad backed by Islamic Front Bangladesh, and Jannatul Islam backed by Islami Andolon Bangladesh have entered the fray.
Besides, 172 councillor candidates for 40 general wards and 57 councilors for the reserved seat for women have joined the electoral race.
This time 1,951,052 voters will exercise their voting rights for the CCC polls billed for January 27.