• Wednesday, Dec 01, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:06 pm

Upazila polls in Rajshahi: AL nominees face rebels’ challenge

  • Published at 09:58 pm March 9th, 2019
WEB_Election_Vote-cast_Syed-Zakir-Hossain_Edited_08.11.2018
File photo of a voter casting ballot during an election in Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

These rebels are the only key rivals that the Awami League nominated candidates are facing in the upazila election

Many Awami League nominated candidates are contesting the Upzila Parishad (UP) election in Rajshahi against rebel candidates from the same party.

Both nominated and rebel candidates engaged in intense electioneering until the deadline for campaigning ended on Friday. Some supporters of rebel candidates alleged that their campaigning activities were disrupted by the AL-nominated ones.

The first phase of the 5th Upazila Parishad polls is slated for Sunday. There are nine upazilas in Rajshahi, but election will be held in eight of them. Polls in Poba upazila have been postponed due to legal complication.

Chairman candidates Layeb Uddin Lavlu and Abdus Salam have already won uncontested in Bagha and Mohanpur upazilas respectively. Rebel ruling party candidates are opposing nominated candidates in six of the eight remaining upazilas.

These rebels are the only key rivals that the Awami League nominated candidates are facing in the upazila election.

Puthia

In Puthia upazila, only the ruling party nominated candidate was seen engaging in electioneering. His opposition neither participated in electioneering, nor plastered the walls with posters.

Awami League’s GM Heera Bachchu is being opposed by Jatiya Party’s Md Ansar Ali. However, Ansar Ali’s presence during the campaign period was almost invisible compared to Bachchu’s intense electioneering.

Godagari

Four candidates are contesting the Upazila Parishad polls in Godagari. Awami League nominated candidate Jahangir Alam is set to battle it out with his key rival Bodiuzzaman, who is also a ruling party leader.

Jahangir serves as the president of upazila unit of ruling party wing Jubo League, while rebel candidate Bodiuzzaman serves as the president of upazila unit Awami League. Both of them had engaged in intense electioneering. However, there are allegations of disrupting the polls campaign of the opposition against supporters of Jahangir.

Jahangir Alam, however, claimed the electoral atmosphere in Godagari is peaceful. 

Jahangir said: “There are no rebel candidates of Awami League in Godagari. The person, who violated party discipline to contest the polls, has already been suspended. 

Rebel candidate Bodiuzzaman said: “I am contesting the polls because I have the support of local grassroots-level leaders and activists. If a fair election is held, I will surely win.”

Jatiya Party candidate Advocate Salahuddin Biswas and Workers Party aspirant Saidur Rahman are also contesting the polls in Godagari.

Tanore

Many believe that the most rousing electoral battle for Upazila Parishad polls will take place in Tanore upazila. Awami League nominated Lutfor Haidar Rashid Moyna for this upazila, who serves as the president of local unit Jubo League president.

Moyna’s key rival in the polls is former president of Tanore upazila Jubo League Shariful Islam, who is contesting on Workers Party’s ticket. 

Both candidates are optimistic about their chances in the Upazila Parishad polls, and were engaged is serious electioneering to woo the voters.

Bagmara

Similarly, Awami League nominated candidate Anil Kumar, who serves as the district ruling party vice president, is facing off against rebel candidate Babul Hossain, local unit Liberation War Affairs Secretary of Jubo League. 

Both Anil Kumar and babul Hossain seem to enjoy a lot of support from the people.

Charghat

Awami League nominated candidate Fakhrul Islam, who serves as the upazila unit general secretary, will contest the polls against the ruling party’s local unit vice president Iqbal Hossain. 

Locals are excited about a head to head electoral battle among the two heavyweights.

Durgapur

Three candidates are vying for the position of upazila parishad chairman in Durgapur upazila. Awami League candidate Nazrul Islam will face off against ruling party rebel candidate Abdul Majid Sardar. 

Awami League leader Abdul Quader Mondol is also contesting the election. 

Many voters think the key battle will take place between Nazrul and Majid, but some believe Mondol is also a strong contender. 

Rajshahi’s Senior Election officer Saiful Islam said: “All preparations for voting to take place have been completed. Law enforcement agencies are on high alert, to ensure a fair and peaceful election.”

Rajshahi police spokesperson and Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Abdur Razzak Khan said: “Around 2,000 law enforcement personnel, as part of three tiers, will be deployed in eight upazilas of Rajshahi.

“Superintendent of Police Md Shahidullah has directed the personnel to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and impartiality.”

The first phase of Upazila Parishad election is slated for Sunday.

75
Facebook 69
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail