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15 November, 2018 00:00 00 AM
National Election 2018 (Tangail-5,Tangail-6)

Aspirants raise campaign pitch

Our Correspondent, Tangail
Aspirants raise campaign pitch

Hectic campaigning by the nomination-seekers of major political parties has begun in the Tangail-5 (Tangail Sadar) constituency ahead of the next national polls.

The Awami League (AL) currently holds the seat, but the party has not fared well in the constituency. No dynamic leader has emerged in Tangail Sadar after the death of AL leader Abdul Mannan.

The AL bagged it in 1973, 1996 and 2014; the JP won it in 1986, 1988, 1991 and 2008; and the BNP got it in 1979 and 2001. Intra-party conflict between Khan family and Siddique family made AL unrest. Now AL is free from the two families and seeking new leadership in the constituency as Abdul Kader Siddique his brother Abdul Latif Siddique are out of AL politics. In the same way Amanur Rahmna Khan Rana MP his three brothers are out of AL politics.

AL leader Alhaj Sanower Hossain, the sitting lawmaker, is a strong candidate for party nomination.

Murad Siddique, younger brother of Abdul Kader Siddique, is trying to re-join the AL. He is holding meetings, discussions and various programmes with grassroots leaders and activists to unite and motivate them to work for him.

Jamilur Rahman Miron, mayor of Tangail municipality, and Khorshed Alam, chairman of Tangail upazila parisad, are also vying for party nomination.

From a source in AL it is learned that Alhaj Sanower Hossain MP, mayor of Tangail municipality Jamilur Rahman Miron, Anisul Mannan son of ex-minister Abdul Mannan, Monowara Begum MP, Nahar Ahmed slain AL leader Faruk Ahmed’s wife Iffat Jahan Choiti, Dr. Md. Shahjahan Miru, Shahidur Rahman Khan Mukti, ex-mayor of Tangail municipality and charged in Faruk Ahmed murder case absconder in the case and brother of MP Rana and Ziaul Abedin collected papers to get AL ticket from the constituency.

BNP vice-chairman Maj. Gen. (rtd) Mahmudul Hasan, younger brother of ex-minister Abdus Salam Pintu Jubo Dal secretary Sultan Salauddin Tuku, BNP central body member Ahsan Habib, Tangail district BNP secretary Ferhad Iqbal and district BNP vice-president Saidul Hoque Sadu are the BNP aspirants.

Tangail district JP president Abul Kashem and secretary Mozammel Hoque are lobbying for the party’s ticket. But Pirjada Saifullah Al-Munir, MD of the Index Group and IT adviser to HM Ershad, is almost certain to be the JP candidate.

The Tangail JP committee has been dissolved recently due to intra-party feud and Pirjada Saifullah Al-Munir has been selected as convener of the Tangail JP. JP expelled Mozammel Hoque from post and primary membership very recently by a letter signed by party chief HM Ershad.

From sources it is gathered that ex- minister Maj Gen (Rtd.) Mahmudul Hasan, Sultan Salauddin Tuku, Adv. Ahsan Habib, Adv Ferhad Iqbal, Saidul Hoque Sadu already bought BNP’s party nomination papers.

Tangail EC sources say the constituency has 380,235 voters. Out of them, 188,502 are male and 191,733 female. The EC has finalised 139 polling centres and 716 booths.

Tangail-6 (Delduwar-Nagarpur) constituency

The Tangail-6 (Delduwar-Nagorpur) constituency consists of Delduwar and Nagarpur upazilas.

In this constituency, the sitting AL MP, Khondoker Abdul Baten, state minister Tarana Halim, AL leader Ahsaanul Islam Titu, Nagarpur upazila AL president Zakerul Islam, Awami Swechchhasebak League health affairs secretary Dr Abdus Salam Promanik, Johurul Islam, vice-president of central Krisak League and ex-secretary of DUCSU Anisur Rahman, FF Hamidur Rahman are in the race of the AL ticket. Hamidur Rahman in a press conference in Nagorpur Press Club declared his candidature.  Ex-minister Gautam Chokraborty, former minister Noor Mohammad Khan and Robiul Alam Lavlu are the BNP aspirants. Comrade Masukul Hoque Murad is an aspirant of Workers Party.

AL had won the seat in 1973, 2008 and 2014. The BNP won here in 1979, 1991, 1996 and 2001, while the JP bagged the seat in 1986 and 1988.

JSD leader Khondoker Abdul Baten was elected MP in 2008 as an independent candidate. He joined the AL and was given nomination in 2014. Ahsanul Islam Titu is busy making grassroots contact. He told The Independent that Khondoker Baten was had become isolated inside the party.  Titu is hopeful of getting the AL ticket.   Khondoker Baten, MP, brought out a motorcycle procession of about 200 bikes on September 23 in Delduwar upazila. He assured his supporters that he would be getting the AL ticket.

From sources in AL it is learnt that state minister and film star Advocate Tarana Halim, Meher Nigar Hossain, Sheikh Abdur Rahim William, Md. Shamsul Hoque Mia, Insaf Ali Osmani, Md. Khorshid Alam Babul, ATM Anisur Rahman Bulbul, Sayed Mahmudullah Nilu, Khondoker Abdul Baten MP, Hamidur Rahman Jhantu, Abdus Salam, Barrister Ashraful Islam, Khondoker Reza-e-Rakib, Tareque Shams Himu, Kudrat Ali, Zakirul Islam, Ahsanul Islam Titu collected AL forms for nomination.

Sources in the BNP said Adv. Iqbal, Noor Mohammad Khan, Adv. Goutam Chokroborty, Tariqul Islam Sawpan had collected the party nomination forms. Sources in the Tangail EC say the constituency has 390,011 voters, of whom 193,819 are male and 196,112 female. The EC has finalised 141 polling centres and 766 booths.



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