Vol. 5 Num 816 Tue. September 12, 2006  

Akbar vs Akbar in Magura
Deadline to AL lawmaker to quit party post
Protest programme postponed

Rival party men in Sreepur upazila Awami League (AL) yesterday postponed their broom procession against lawmaker Prof MS Akbar following intervention by district AL leaders and the administration, party sources said.

They however gave a 15-day deadline for removal of the lawmaker from his post of general secretary of Magura district AL, alleging that he lost confidence of party men.

Earlier, on September 5, factions of Sreepur upazila AL and its front organisations at a meeting with upazila AL president Akbar Hossain Mian in the chair declared MS Akbar 'unwanted' in Sreepur upazila and decided to bring out a broom procession at the district town on Monday (yesterday) protesting his alleged anti-organisational activities.

Fearing clash between followers of Akbar and rival party men, the district administration arranged a meeting between leaders of rival groups on Sunday on the premises of Sreepur police station.

Besides leaders of the rival factions , the meeting was attended by Sreepur Upazila Nirbahi Office (UNO) Sheikh Abdur Sattar, Additional Police Superintendent Abdur Razzak, Sreepur thana OC Khalequazzaman, district AL president Md Altaf Hossain, senior vice-president Tanzel Hossain Khan, Mohammadpur upazila AL secretary Abdul Mannan, Sreepur upzila AL president Akbar Hossain Mian and is former president Mollah Nabuyet Hossain. Ms Akbar was not present at the meeting as he was out of the country, party sources said.

After discussion for over five hours, MS Akbar's rivals Akbar Hossain Mian and Molla Nabuyet Hossain agreed to withdraw their broom procession programme and gave the lawmaker a 15-day deadline for resignation from his party post. They also urged MS Akbar not to seek nomination from Magura-1 constituency to contest in the coming election.

"After discussion we postponed our programme and gave hin an ultimatum to relinquish his party post", Akbar Hossain Mian told this correspondent yesterday.

Agitation against the lawmaker will begin again if the demand is not met, he said.

When contacted over cell phone, OC Khalequzzaman said "We took the initiative in the interest of maintaining law and order".

District AL president Md Altaf Hossain said he took the initiative in the interest of the party.