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What Awami League, BNP are saying about Hero Alom almost winning Bogra by-polls

‘Many like me were surprised that Hero Alam got so many votes,’ says local Awami League leader

Update : 03 Feb 2023, 12:00 AM

Ashraful Hossen Alom, better known as Hero Alom, was not far from becoming the lawmaker for Bogra-4 (Kahalu-Nandigram), bagging 19,571 votes in Wednesday's by-polls to the constituency – just 834 votes fewer than the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSoD) candidate AKM Rezaul Karim Tansen.

Reacting to the controversial figure getting so many votes, some said the younger generation had voted for him as the Awami League, BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami had not fielded a candidate in the polls.

Anisur Rahman, a former general secretary of the Awami League's local unit, said it was difficult to tell when people would vote for whom and for what reasons as it was a matter of choice.

Kahalu Awami League President Helal Uddin Kabiraj said the BNP wanted parliament to become a laughing stock, which was why it had influenced others to vote for Hero Alom.

“Many others like me were surprised that Hero Alam got so many votes.”

Meanwhile, Mosharraf Hossain, who resigned from parliament along with other BNP lawmakers in December, said the public did not want anyone from the Awami League or the 14-party alliance – which JaSoD is a part of – to become the MP from the constituency, which was why voters had come out in droves to have their voices heard.

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