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Katakhali poura mayor Abbas Ali relieved of party post

Published : Wednesday, 24 November, 2021 at 9:43 PM  Count : 667
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Rajshahi's Katakhali Municipality mayor Abbas Ali

Rajshahi's Katakhali Municipality mayor Abbas Ali


Rajshahi's Katakhali Municipality mayor Abbas Ali has been relieved of the Poura Awami League convener post for his alleged derogatory remarks on Bangabandhu and announcing to stop the construction of a mural of the Father of the Nation.

He was relieved of the post at an emergency meeting of the Poba Upazila Awami League at the party office on Wednesday afternoon.

Poba Upazila Awami League general secretary Mazdar Rahman Sarker said an emergency meeting of the Poba Upazila Awami League was held on Wednesday afternoon with Upazila AL president and upazila chairman freedom fighter Yasin Ali in the chair.

The meeting relieved Abbas Ali of the Katakhali Poura AL convener posty. It was also decided to serve a showcause notice on Abbas Ali asking him why he would not be expelled permanently from the party membership.

Mazdar Rahman Sarker further said Abbas Ali has been asked to reply to the showcause notice within the next three days. After receiving reply, a recommendation will be sent to the party's central committee to expel him permanently.

Earlier in the day, three cases were filed against Katakhali mayor over remarks on Bangabandhu.

Police have recorded three cases filed against Katakhali municipality Mayor Abbas Ali.

The councillors of ward No 13, 14 and 19 of Rajshahi City Corporation lodged the cases under the Digital Security Act with Boalia, Rajpara and Chandrima police stations on Tuesday night.

Police said that they would investigate the matter.

Mayor Abbas Ali, in his second term as mayor, landed in hot water after an audio clip of his remarks on Bangabandhu went viral on social media on Sunday night.

He is allegedly heard to be saying that erecting a mural of Bangabandhu is a cardinal sin according to Islamic law, before issuing directives to stop its construction.

Anil Kumar Sarker, acting president of the ruling party's Rajshahi district unit, said no one had the right to insult Bangabandhu and be a part of the Awami League.

Abbas would have to face stern action -- both legally and from the party -- if the allegations were found to be true, he added.

Denying the accusations, Mayor Abbas said the audio clip making the rounds on social media was edited.

The controversy comes just after the Awami League expelled Gazipur mayor Jahangir Alam for a similar offence.

On September 22, a four-minute video of Jahangir making some derogatory comments on Bangabandhu and the martyred freedom fighters during a conversation with an unidentified person went viral on social media, leading to a tense situation within the party.


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