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A party senior leader said the action was taken against the BNP-backed Cumilla city mayor in October last, but it was out of the discussion as the party did not disclose it to the media.

He said BNP leaders and activists were critical of Sakku as he sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's blessings touching her feet after taking oath as the Cumilla city mayor for the second time in May, 2017.

He later became inactive in BNP's politics and reportedly developed good relations with the local ruling party leaders, the BNP leader said.

Besides, he said, their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman exchanged views with the BNP national executive committee members under the Cumilla division on 22 September last.

"Though Sakku was invited to join the meeting, he skipped it."

Later, the BNP central office sent a letter to Sakku seeking explanation over his absence in that meeting.

"As his reply was not satisfactory, the party high-command decided to relieve him from its national executive committee," the BNP leader said.

He said local BNP leaders also lodged various complaints with the central leaders against Sakku as he was not participating in BNP's programmes and ignoring the party's leaders and activists.

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