• Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
  • Last Update : 02:11 am

Thakurgaon 1: High-voltage race between Fakhrul and Ramesh

  • Published at 11:52 am December 26th, 2018
thakurgaon 1
Awami League candidate for Thakurgaon 1 constituency, Ramesh Chandra Sen, seen holding a rally in his areaDhaka Tribune

Ramesh claimed 90% people are supporting Awami League

Awami League candidate Ramesh Chandra Sen and his rival BNP candidate Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir are running campaigns  in full throttle for Thakurgaon 1 constituency, with only four days to the 11th general election.

Political analysts are now eagerly waiting to see whether the BNP secretary general or the Awami League presidium member will win the December 30 race. 

They said Fakhrul was able to gain public support through his amicable behaviour amidst attack on his motorcade and arrest of his supporters. 

However, Ramesh claimed 90% people are supporting Awami League. 

The ruling party supporters think they will get votes from 120,000 Hindu people. 

However, BNP district unit Joint General Secretary Paigam Ali said Fakhrul has many childhood friends from this minority community.

There is allegation that Ramesh, who also belongs to the Hindu community, misbehaved with Hindu people during his term as water resources minister. 

BNP candidate Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for Thakurgaon 1 constituency speaks at a rally in his area Dhaka Tribune

Awami League Joint General Secretary Tozammel Haque Manju said BNP leaders were sued in the recent arson attack on a Hindu house in Shingia Shahpara. 

The BNP leaders also attacked Hindu houses during 2014 polls violence, he said. “So they cannot expect votes from the Hindu community.”

Manju is hopeful Awami League’s win in the constituency. 

However, BNP leaders said Awami League staged a drama by setting fire to Hindu houses and put the blame on them. 

Past records

BNP candidate Fakhrul contested five times from this constituency but won once in 2001. 

He was defeated by Awami League’s Ramesh in the 2008 election. 

However, political analysts think this time the scenario is different. 

Awami League nominated Ramesh among 13 aspirants. The grassroots wanted youth leadership since he became old. 

However, Fakhrul faces no challenges in his party. 

Analysts assume that Ramesh will get votes from the Hindu community and Fakhrul will bag votes from Jamaat-e-Islami and Jatiya Party supporters. 

“We hope a tight race will be held because both candidates are very strong,” said Abdul Latif, general secretary of Thakurgaon chapter of the civil society platform Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan).