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How JaPa secured 22 seats

  • Published at 01:36 am January 1st, 2019
Jatiya Party
Logo of Jatiya Party (JaPa)

The party has fallen short of its 34-seat win in the 10th national polls

Jatiya Party has secured 22 seats out of 298 in the 11th general elections, much higher than the opposition Jatiya Oikya Front’s seven.

However, the party has fallen short of its 34-seat win in the 10th national polls.

Still, outside of the ruling Awami League, this is the largest number of seats for any party. JaPa contended as a Grand Alliance member in 21 of these seats, meaning its ally Awami League did not field any candidates there and gave it support.

When the Grand Alliance began divvying up its seats, HM Ershad-led JaPa haggled hard for at least 40, but in the end was only given 26. However, the party decided to field candidates in another 145 constituencies by itself.

It has won in only one of those.

The party has got seven new faces in the parliament, while its big guns such as General Secretary Ziauddin Bablu, Ruhul Amin Hawlader and former MP Salma Islam have failed to ensure their seats this year.

Ziauddin Bablu, Member of Parliament from Chittagong 9 in previous parliament, was initially supposed to contest the election from Cox’s Bazar 1 but later his name was dropped. Presidium member Ruhul Amin Hawlader, an incumbent,lost his nomination owing to defaulted loans.

 Among the 22 winners, 15 including JaPa chief Ershad are incumbents.

The seven new faces in the parliament this year are – GM Quader in Lalmonirhat 3, Major (retd) Rana Md Sohel in Nilphamari 3, Ahsan Adelur Rahman in Nilphamari 4, Rustam Ali Farazi in Pirojpur 3, Golam Kibria Tipu in Barisal 3, Lt Gen (retd) Masud Uddin Chowdhury in Feni 3 and Anisul Islam Mahmud Chittagong 5.

Golam Kibria Tipu stands out as the only elected man from JaPa without a Grand Alliance ticket.

Our Barisal correspondent reports that one of the key reasons behind Tipu’s win was that a rebel candidate from Workers Party cut heavily into Grand Alliance candidate Tipu Sultan’s vote bank. Also, the local Awami League put its weight behind Tipu rather than Sultan.

Three days before the election, JaPa Chairman HM Ershad, returning from Singapore after treatment, gave his support to Akbar Farooque, the Awami League Grand Alliance aspirant for the same seat. He also urged to his workers to work for the grand allinace aspitants throughout the country, except to those who have strong possibilities to win the contest.

The former military dictator however, contested from his home ground in Rangpur 3 and won with ease.

Dhaka 1 MP Salma Islam and Sunil Shuvo Roy, a candidate of Khulna 1, boycotted the election while voting was underway, claiming massive vote-rigging by the government.   

Secretary General Mashiur Rahman Ranga after the election on  December 30 expressed his satisfaction, saying a free and fair election had been held. 

The party sent a press release on Monday afternoon congratulating its members who won their contests and urgedeveryone to support the government that will be formed in the new year.

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