Published:  02:01 AM, 08 December 2017

Rift among engineers for manipulating poll

A rift of professional engineers belonging to Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), over its election scheduled to be held on December 21, has raised the question about the dignity and integrity of IEB in the days to come.In the proposed election, pro-BNP engineers have decided to stay away from contesting the poll.

As a result, pro-AL engineers have unanimously taken decision for  a participatory election with more contesting panels  and among the pro-AL engineers, Awami League Central Committee  Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Abdus Sabur as President candidate and Khandoker Monir Hossain as General Sec-retary submitted a panel, while former BUET Vice Chancellor Professor Nazrul Islam as President and Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain as General Secretary threw another panel, the IEB sources said.

But before the IEB election, the panel led by Abdus Sabur created a pandemonium for conducting a free and fair election. The panel leader claimed himself to be the candidate supported by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, but maximum engineers and another panel contestants have termed it as paradox. In addition, Abdus Sabur has threatened his counter candidates to withdraw their nominations, counter general secretary candidate Mohammad Hossain said.

Former Vice Chancellor Nazrul Islam was nominated another president candidate for IEB election poll. He was also under pressure to quit in contesting election. Under these circumstances, by using political influence and claiming the candidate blessed by PM, together with manipulation the poll declared his as victorious before the time the election to be held, the sources said.

Finally, counter panel lodged case with Joint District Judge, Dhakha against such manipulation. Now the engineers concerned have expressed that the provision of getting together twice a year is about to lose due to such insolent manner and environment.

In order to make contact with Abdus Sabur, The Asian Age colleague tried to talk to him over his cell phone, but failed.

-P R Biswas, AA

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