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11th parliament: Number of minority candidates remains same

  • Published at 01:05 am January 2nd, 2019
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Voters stand in queue to cast their votes at a polling center in Dhaka on December 30 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Ruling Awami League fielded 18 minority candidates and all of them got elected in the December 30 election

Only 18 out of 79 candidates belonging to the religious minority have succeeded to secure seats in the 11th parliamentary polls, equal to their numbers in the 10th Jatiya Sangsad.

Ruling Awami League fielded 18 minority candidates and all of them got elected in the December 30 election. But not a single one out of 61 others nominated by other parties could make it. 

Of the 18 MP-elect 16 were lawmakers in the 10th parliament while two others – Awami League Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil and Awami League Vice President Manu Majumder – are first-timers.

Among the winners, Narayon Chandra Chanda is the incumbent Fisheries and Livestock minister, Biren Sikder is the state minister for Youth and Sports, and Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing is the state minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs.

Ramesh Chandra Sen is the former water resources minister and Dipankar Talukder is the former state minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs.

Joya Sengupta is the lone female parliamentarian and Jewel Areng is the youngest parliamentarian and only catholic in the 10th parliament. 

The ninth parliament had 14 MPs elected from the minority communities while the number was only 8 in the 8th parliament.