If the team can nominate by correctly identifying then the chances of winning become much easier. This issue has now become very important for the Awami League. In UP, Upazila, Municipality, City Corporation and Jatiya Sangsad elections, it is important to have a long-term system of checking and selecting the records of potential candidates. In the forthcoming elections, the nomination of a candidate can be given only by looking at that record.
The fourth round of municipal elections has ended in the country at the moment, there is another round left. The Chittagong City Corporation election has also been held. In most of the cases where the Awami League has nominated candidates from the party, the Awami League’s rebel candidate has run as an independent candidate against the nominated candidates. The BNP has similarly fielded party nominees in city corporation and municipal elections. In many municipal corporations, some local BNP candidates have run as independent candidates against the BNP nominees. However, the number of BNP rebel candidates is comparatively less. That is why the BNP’s election campaign has seen a scene of unity among the leaders and activists. However, since the party has been politically inactive and frustrated for a long time, many have remained inactive in the elections as they are not satisfied with the party’s nomination. As a result, although BNP participated in the election, it did not get the expected result. BNP leaders and activists did not come together. Due to this organizational weakness, the pro-BNP voters did not gather at the center to cast their votes. Even then, where the party situation is integrated, a few BNP nominees have been elected as mayors and councilors.
The names of the candidates nominated by the Awami League for the post of mayor and other posts in the municipal elections have come in the form of recommendations from the concerned upazilas and districts to the center. Leaders of the party, including the general secretary, have told the media that the party’s central election board has selected the nominees after verification and selection. This time, those who rebelled against these nominated candidates of the party and stood as independent candidates have been warned in various ways, warned and expelled from the party. They have also been given a fixed time. It was said that the rebels would not be able to return to the party or give the boat symbol as in the past. It was a great warning to many. But even then, in most municipalities, the party’s rebel candidates did not withdraw their candidacies. As a result, the Awami League leaders and activists in those municipalities have been seen to be divided in the campaign of the nominated and rebel candidates. In several municipal elections, the Awami League nominee failed to win, while the rebel candidate won. Naturally, the question arises, will those who have rebelled against the party but snatched victory by defeating the party’s nominee as an independent candidate be expelled from the party now? The bigger question for the general public is whether the candidates nominated by the party who lost to the party rebel candidate despite getting all kinds of support from the party are defeated because of the party rebel candidate or their lack of popularity. If the party’s nominee loses to a BNP candidate, it is a different matter. But in the municipalities where the main competition was with the party nominee versus the rebel candidate, the BNP candidate could not win even in such a situation, whether the issue of popularity was important behind the victory of the independent candidate of the Awami League. Perhaps due to the lack of popularity of the nominated candidate, the support of the Awami League and the general electorate has been able to attract more rebel candidates of the Awami League. It has been generally observed that many of the rebel candidates of the Awami League have been able to engage in campaigning in a hostile environment. In most cases, the cadres of their nominated candidates have obstructed their campaigns, and in some places the cadres have been involved in clashes. As a result, the candidates who have the support of the general electorate have gained more. In this way, some have been able to come out victorious. The number of such rebellious winning candidates for various posts including mayor and councilor is not less. It is not just a matter of winning or losing the current municipal and Chasik elections. We have almost always seen such a situation starting from the National Assembly elections to the Union Council elections. It can be said that even after going through so many verification and selection process with the nomination of the party nominated candidates, the candidate nominated by the party in the election is not considered as very acceptable to the voters in many cases. In fact, it has become very difficult to select the real popular candidate for the party nomination. Many outside say that the Awami League is working on various issues like getting various party nominations everywhere. In order to get nominated in the election, many people have already tried to send recommendations with staff-groups, lobbying, various recommendations to the upper house and their own popularity. Many succeed in this. But not all those who are successful are candidates to win the hearts of the voters in the relevant elections. Although many candidates are successful in getting nominations, they may not be eligible to get a single vote in the eyes of ordinary voters. This issue is not always properly scrutinized from the grassroots to the polls. That is why the disaster happened. No matter how small the election is, everywhere the acceptance of some of the party leaders is better than others. Voters in that constituency are interested in voting for that candidate. It depends, of course, on the voters who are most in touch with the party leaders and workers, stand by them in times of danger, show courage and honesty to rise above corruption, nepotism Ñ voters are often willing to vote for such candidates even above party considerations. But the team does not always take these issues seriously when we start the nomination process here. Nor is there any reliable group to enrich the team with information in that way. Who can help with the top leadership of the team every time the real picture of the field. Government parties often collect information about candidates from intelligence agencies or administrative officials. But influential leaders can often influence these quarters. As a result, the actual information about the candidates is not given much time. Since the Awami League has been in power for three consecutive terms, the number of leaders and workers in the party has now increased manifold. The aspirations of these leaders are much higher. Some of them are quite influential financially. So many people are trying to spread a lot of lobbying for party nominations. However, in the Awami League, among the old and the new, there are many who are relatively selfless, honest, competent and capable of working for the welfare of the people. Due to the fact that there is no system to check and select these candidates for the election, due to the hustle and bustle and recommendations coming from different directions before the election, the deserving candidates who have won the seat in the election often fall behind in the competition. The team suffered in the last trial. Because in every election, there is a favorable environment for someone to win every seat. If the team can nominate him by correctly identifying him, then the chances of winning become much easier. This issue has now become very important for the Awami League. In UP, Upazila, Municipality, City Corporation and Jatiya Sangsad elections, it is important to have a long-term system of checking and selecting the records of potential candidates. In the forthcoming elections, the nomination of a candidate can be given only by looking at that record. Even if he is a rebel, he should not be qualified to win against the candidate nominated by the party, the candidate nominated by the party should be considered as the really popular candidate among the voters. The issues may be considered for the upcoming elections. Those who are well-wishers of the Awami League hope that in case of party nomination, every candidate should be the best candidate of the Awami League in that seat, then there will be no situation of infighting, quarrel and election violence in the Awami League. Those who will be candidates will try to qualify as the best candidates to the people. That effort is the real political work Ñ which is the political condition of an ideological party like the Awami League. No one can be overwhelmed by Bangabandhu’s political life struggle. Even many of Bangabandhu’s colleagues were leaders of the people like Bangabandhu in the true sense. They did not spend money to win the election, nor did they have to read into party quarrels. Despite the Awami League having such a glorious tradition, there is a lack of it in many cases from the grassroots to the top. Hopefully, the Awami League will prepare ideologically for the future.
Mamtajuddin Patwari: Professor (retired), historian and columnist.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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