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8 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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City elections in Barishal

Doubts over declared income of BCC mayoral candidates

Murad Ahmed, Barishal
Doubts over declared income of BCC mayoral candidates

Affidavits (halafnama) of all seven mayoral candidates have raised questions among city dwellers and election monitoring groups. Rights groups have demanded an investigation in this regard.

The mayoral candidates submitted nomination papers, along with affidavits where they declared their yearly income and assets. According to the declarations, BNP candidate Mujibor Rahman Sarwar tops the list. His yearly income is Taka 48 lakh and 70 thousand and assets are valued at Tk. 6.53 crore.  The yearly income of the JP candidate, Iqbal Hosen Tapos, is Tk. 54.88 lakh and his assets are valued at Tk. 2.7 crore.

The Al candidate, Serniabat Sadik Abdullah, has declared that his yearly income is Tk. 8.31 lakh and has Tk. 6.91 lakh worth of assets, Tk. 2 lakh in a savings account, and two flats at Gulshan and Purrbachol in Dhaka.

The yearly income of the CPB candidate, AK Azad, is Tk. 2.60 lakh, and his assets are valued at Tk.11 lakh.  Mahbub Alam of Khelafat Majlish has an yearly income of Tk. 4.43 lakh and has assets worth Tk. 11.11 lakh.  The Islami Shashontontro Andolon candidate, Obayedur Rahman, has an annual income of Tk. 4.43 lakh and assets worth Tk. 7 lakh.

The BSD nominated mayoral candidate, Dr Monisha Chakrabarty, declared that she has no yearly income, but has assets worth Tk. 11.95 lakh.

These declarations have not been accecpted by election monitoring groups and even other candidates.

Dr Monisha Chakrabarty said her supporters were collecting election funds by going from door to door. She claimed that the declarations of income and assets of candidates of major parties are not transparent. They are hundred times richer than what their declarations say.

Acknowledging this, Prof Zahid Hosen, president of the Socheton Nagorik Committee's Barishal unit, said the declarations of mayoral candidates cannot be accepted. They have hidden the reality. The EC should declare the nominations valid only after confirming the true income and assets, he suggested.

The EC has just seen the certificates of income-tax and declared the nomination papers valid. "But this not acceptable," said Md Rafiqul Alam, Barishal city unit secretary of Sushasoner Jonnyo Nagorik. He demanded an inquiry into these declarations by the Anti-Corruption Commission.  

Mujibur Rahman, returning officer the of BCC election, said: "We are doing our job following EC rules. If a candidate has hidden his or her income and assets, others have an option to challenge it."

 

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