As many as 18 Awami League ward councilors submitted their nomination forms to contest the Chattogram City Corporation polls.
After failing to be picked up by the ruling Awami League to vie the polls, the rebel candidates defends that many of them are locally popular.
Moreover, the part may change its decision finally, they hope.
Among the candidates, 13 submitted nomination forms for councilor post while five others for reserved councilor.
Councilor of ward no 33 (Firingibazar) Hasan Murad Biplab said, Party support may change. Awami League still has chances to review and pick more qualified contestants.
The rebel candidates are — Towfiq Ahmed Chowdhury (ward no 1), Md Saheed Iqbal Babu (ward no 2), Johurul Alam Jasim (ward no 9), Morshed Akhter Chowdhury (ward no 11), Md Sabber Ahmed in (ward no 12), Abul Fazal Kabir Ahmed (ward no 14), SS Ershad Ullah (ward no 25), HM Sohel (ward no 27), Abdul Qader (ward no 28), Mazharul Islam Chowdhury (ward no 30), Tareq Soleman Selim (ward no 31), Hasan Murad Biplab (ward no 33) and Md Jonal Abedin (ward no 40).
Reserved councilor candidates are Jesmin Parvin Jessy (ward no 3), Abida Sultana (ward no 4), Anjuman Ara Begum (ward no 7), Farhana Jabed (ward no 9) and Ferdousi Akber (ward no 11).
Khorshed Alam Sujon, vice-president of Chattogram City Awami League, told The Business Standard that candidates were selected by the Awami League's local government election nomination board and it is final.
Awami League Presidium Member Mosharraf Hossain, MP, will hold a meeting on Thursday regarding the rebel candidates.
Their fate will be finalized at the meeting, added Sujon.
Chattogram City Corporation polls scheduled to be held on March 29.