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New parliament to put in 68 fresh lawmakers

  • Published at 09:09 am January 2nd, 2019
File photo of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban Dhaka Tribune

The ruling party will have fresh 57 of its aspirants representing it in the parliament

The next parliament will feature at least 68 new lawmakers who will run the country affairs for the first time.

Sixty-seven candidates, mostly endorsed by the ruling Awami League, have won the much-hyped 11th general election. 

The ruling party will have fresh 57 of its aspirants representing it in the parliament. 

The new faces include film actor, sport personality, national press club president, police inspector and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s relatives. 

They are: Cricketer Mashrafe Mortaza, veteran film actor Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooque and former IGP, Nur Mohammad, and immediate past president of National Press Club, Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman.

Prime Minister and ruling party chief Sheikh Hasina’s nephew Sheikh Sarhan Naser Tonmoy and her cousin Sheikh Salahuddin Jewel are also among the news faces likely to become lawmakers.

The duo is the latest of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s family members to represent the Awami League in the House. Other than these two, another seven members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s family contested the just concluded polls and came out successful.

Eight of them participated in the election as Awami League candidates while Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury alias Nixon Chowdhury vied from Faridpur 4 as an independent candidate.

Five of the newly elected candidates belong to Jatiya Party, while three and one from BNP and Gono Forum, respectively, and succeeded in the Sunday’s polls.

Two independent candidates elected afresh, raising the number of first-time lawmakers to 68. 

Tonmoy, the only son of Bangabandhu’s nephew Sheikh Helal Uddin, ran the polls race from the Bagerhat 2 constituency, while Helal’s brother Jewel from the Khulna 2 seat.

Bangladesh’s One Day International (ODI) skipper Mashrafe was a candidate from the Narail 2 constituency, where he bagged 274,418 or 96% votes, according to unofficial results.

Sadek Khan, who was a surprise pick in place of senior Awami League leader Jahangir Kabir Nanak, made his way to the parliament from the Dhaka 13 constituency.

Silver screen actor Farouque won from the Dhaka-17 seat where his key rival candidate Andaleeve Rahman Partho boycotted the polls halfway through, over ‘vote rigging’ allegedly by the film star’s supporters.  

Former Inspector General of Police (IGP) and ambassador, Nur Mohammad, won the election from the Kishoreganj 2 constituency, with immediate past president of National Press Club, Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman, coming out successful from Chandpur 4.

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s nephew SM Shahjada Sazu also came out successful with Awami League’s nomination from the Patuakhali 3 constituency.

Awami League’s Organizing Secretary Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel and son of former Chittagong City Mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury came out victorious from the Chittagong 9 seat.

Shaheen Akter, wife of the ruling party’s controversial lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi from the Cox’s Bazar 4 seat, contested and won the seat.

Former Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil’s son Nizam Uddin Jalil won the seat of the Naogaon 5 constituency.

Saifuzzaman Shikhor, former Assistant Personal Secretary to the premier, and Awami League’s Legal Affairs Secretary SM Rezaul Karim won seats from Magura 1 and Pirojpur 1 constituencies.

Former Ambassador Dr AK Abdul Momen, and younger brother of Finance Minister AMA Muhith, won from the Sylhet 1 constituency. Business tycoon Salman F Rahman, also an adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, won with Awami League ticket from Dhaka 1 constituency.

The other Awami League-blessed first-time elected candidates are: Iqbal Hossain Sabuj from Gazipur 3, Zafar Alam from Cox’s Bazar 1, AKM Sarwar Jahan Badsha from Kushtia 1, Selim Altaf George from Kushtia 4,  Md Nurul Amin from Chandpur 2, former bureaucrat Majnur Hossain from Faridpur 1, Dr Samil Uddin from Chapainawabganj 1, Abdur Rahman Golap from Madaripur 3, Sahiduzzaman from Meherpur 2, Shahidul Islam Bakul from Natore 1, Dr Murad Hasan from Jamalpur 4,  Engineer Mojaffar Hossain from Jamalpur 5, Mohibur Rahman from Patuakhali 4, Tanvir Hasan from Tangail 2, Ataur Rahman Khan from Tangail 3, Ahsanul Islam Titu from Tangail 6, Zoaherul Islam from Tangail 8, Iqbal Hossain Opu from Shariatpur 1, AKM Enamul Haq Shamim from Shariatpur 2, Ahmed Firoz Kabir from Pabna 2, Md Shahe Alam from Barisal 2, Col (retd) Zahid Faruq from Barisal 5, Maj Gen (retd) Md Nasir Uddin from Jessore 2, Shafiqul Azam Khan Chanchal from Jhenidah 3,   Manu Majumder from Netrokona 1, Ashim Kumar Ukil from Netrokona 3, Nesar Ahmed from Moulvibazar 3,  Shah Newaz Milad Gazi from Habiganj 1, Kazim Uddin from Mymensingh 11, Ebadul Karim Bulbul from Brahmanbaria 5, Dr Anwarul Ashfaq Khan Dilip from Narsingdi 2, Dr Mansur Rahman from Rajshahi 5, Dr Abdul Aziz from Sirajganj 3, Abdul Momin Mondol from Sirajganj 5, Majharul Haq Prodhan from Panchagarh 1, Manwar Hossain Chowdhury from Gaibandha 4, Aslam Hossain from Kurigram 1, Prof MA Matin from Kurigram 3, Md Zakir Hossain from Kurigram 4, Selima Ahmed from Cumilla 2, Nasimul Alam Chowdhury Nazrul from Cumilla 8 and Hafiz Ahmed Majumder from Sylhet 5 seats. 

MPs from Jatiya Party, BNP, others

The controversial candidate from Feni 3 seat, Lt Col (retd) Masud Uddin Chowdhury is among five aspirants elected with the “plough” symbol. The former army official is termed as one of the key players for the 1/11 changeover back in 2007. 

The other successful Jatiya Party candidates are: Rana Mohammed Sohel from Nilphamari 3, Ahsan Adelur Rahman from Nilphamari 4, Golam Kibria Tipu from Barishal 3 and Ponir Uddin Ahmed from Kurigram 2.

With the BNP ticket, Mosharraf Hossain won from Bogura 4, Jahedur Rahman from Thakurgaon 3 and Aminul Islam from Chapainawabganj 2 constituencies. 

The only candidate contested for the first-time from Gano Forum and came out successful is Mokabbir Khan from the Sylhet-2 constituency, while the two independent aspirants are: Mohammed Shahidul Islam from Laxmipur 2 and Rezaul Karim Bablu from Bogura 7 constituencies.  

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