Atikur Rahman is independently contesting Sunday’s 11th general election with electoral symbol truck
As election campaigns draw to an end, Awami League activists in Barisal 3 constituency are voicing support for an independent candidate over their own.
Atikur Rahman, former vice president of Jubo Moitri, is independently contesting Sunday’s 11th general election with electoral symbol truck, after being deprived a nomination from the Workers Party of Bangladesh and the Awami League-led Grand Alliance.
In Barisal 3, Advocate Tipu Sultan, the Workers Party district unit president and former MP, got the Grand Alliance ticket and is contesting the election with Awami League's boat symbol.
On spot visits found that local Awami League leaders and activists were campaigning in favour of Atikur almost every day.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, the ruling party’s Babuganj upazila unit President Khalid Hossain Swapan claimed that Tipu failed to bring any development to the constituency as a lawmaker.
“Local Awami League leaders and activists have become disinterested to work for him,” he said.
Swapan and Tarikul Hasan Mithu, the party’s Muladi upazila president, have been openly campaigning for Atikur.
“As the previous lawmakers of the area failed to do any development, the people of this constituency asked me to contest the election,” Atikur said.
On the other hand, Tipu said he was the only nominated candidate from the Grand Alliance, and so, partners of the coalition should follow that decision.
Beside Atikur and Tipu, Golam Kibria Tipu of Jatiya Party is also contesting with plough symbol from this constituency.
Rahamat Ali, a voter from Muladi, said a bridge over Arial Khan River was needed to connect the upazila by road to the district and divisional headquarters, and other parts of the country.
“We have been demanding the construction of a bridge for a long time. We will cast our vote in favour of whoever will work for that connectivity,” he said.
Atikur’s father Bazlur Rahman was a senior Workers Party leader who joined Awami League recently, as did Atikur’s brother.