Some old issues are now being discussed again in the political circle after the ruling party picked up Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, joint general secretary of Chattogram city unit of Awami League (AL), over incumbent mayor AJM Nasir Uddin to contest the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) mayoral election.
According to the party sources, Rezaul Karim, a veteran freedom fighter, has no own group in Chattogram AL politics. However, he was always dedicated to former CCC Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.
Political observers are now thinking that AL commander-in-chief Sheikh Hasina decided to reshuffle the politics of the port city by giving nomination to Rezaul Karim. He is known as one of the most deprived politicians from Chattogram division.
AJM Nasir Uddin became CCC mayor after his long battle with his once political boss Mohiuddin Chowdhury. After the death of Mohiuddin Chowdhury, his followers became very weak due to AJM Nasir’s hard line, which ultimately caused AL.
Even on October last year, AJM Nasir forced Hasina Mohiuddin, wife of Mohiuddin Chowdhury, out of the stage at a programme in the port city. Hasina, the president of Chattogram city Mohila Awami League, is also the mother of Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury Nowfel. Nowfel is also AL central organising secretary.
Such incident happened during a program where AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader was scheduled to present as the chief guest. AL sources claimed that after the incident, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina became extremely unhappy over AJM Nasir.
Earlier on August in 2016, AJM Nasir publicly alleged the city corporation did not get adequate allocation as he denied to give 5 percent in commission. He further alleged as he refused to give the commission, he had got only Tk 80 crore allocation, which would have been Tk 300-350 crore if he had agreed.
Not only this, Nasir publicly claimed that a joint secretary demanded a Pajero jeep from him. His such allegation raised widespread criticisms in the government high-up. Some senior bureaucrats also complained against AJM Nasir at various places.
On April last year, AJM Nasir allegedly slapped an engineer of National Housing Authority (NHA) following a dispute. After the incident, CBA of NHA had started an indefinite work abstention protesting the assault.
Asrafuzzaman Palash, assistant engineer of NHA, came under the alleged attack. Though he was mayor of the commercial capital, he himself was involved in some big business based on the port. The name of present CCC mayor was discussed involving some sensational murders in Chittagong. He was creating divisions inside the party.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was aware of all these information. This is why, AJM Nasir was not given the status of a minister AL high-up does not want to see that CCC mayor involves in party disputes. Sheikh Hasina wants to see CCC mayor as acceptable to all quarters.
Besides, AL parliamentary board was clearly in favour of all new faces. This is why, not only Rezaul Karim, AL nominated former president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin for the by-polls to Dhaka-10, Umme Kulsum Smrity for Gaibandh-3 by-election, Shahin Chakladar for Jashore-6, Amirul Islam Milon for Bagerhat-4 and Sahadara Mannan for Bogura-1 by-polls.
Sources claimed that AJM Nasir might be given the leadership of Chattogram AL politics to create a balance in Chattogram AL politics. The Election Commission on Sunday announced the schedule of the upcoming Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) elections slated for March 29.