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Upazila Parishad election

  • Relatives of two ministers and one state minister did not withdraw their candidature.
  • Children, brothers and sisters-in-law of members of parliament are also candidates.
  • There are 466 Awami League candidates for the post of chairman in 159 upazilas.

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Published: 01 May 2024,

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The relatives of the ministers and MPs did not make it easy this time either

From the ruling Awami League, orders, warnings – nothing can stop the close relatives and relatives of ministers and members of parliament from running for the upazila parishad elections. As in the first phase, the close relatives and relatives of at least 14 ministers and parliamentarians did not withdraw their candidature in the second phase election as well.

Yesterday Tuesday was the last day to withdraw nomination papers for the second phase of voting. Voting will be on May 21. There are 466 Awami League candidates for the post of chairman in 159 upazilas in this phase. Most of these candidates have been in Khulna division. 83 people in this category. After that there are 68 candidates in Rangpur division. Apart from this, 64 people in Rajshahi Division, 64 people in Chittagong Division, 62 people in Dhaka Division, 51 people in Barisal Division, 40 people in Mymonisingh Division and 34 people in Sylhet Division. Awami League is the rival of Awami League in the second phase as well

Apart from this, 17 people are going to be elected unopposed. Among them, eight are on the post of chairman, four are on the post of vice-chairman and five are on the post of female vice-chairman.

the ministers and MPs did not make it easy this time either

Meanwhile, the leadership of Awami League has repeatedly instructed the relatives of ministers and members of parliament to withdraw from voting, but it is being ignored. In such a situation, the meeting of the central executive of Awami League was held last night. Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting at Ganobhaban.

Among the relatives who have entered the polling arena, only one of Natore has withdrawn his candidature in the first phase so far. Lutful Habib was forced to withdraw from the election due to allegations of abduction of a rival candidate for the post of chairman in Natore Singra. He is the brother-in-law of Minister of State for Information and Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak.

Apart from this, none of the relatives have withdrawn their candidature. According to the information given by Awami League for the first round of upazila elections, as many as 50 relatives of ministers and parliament members have been candidates. And yesterday, on the last day of withdrawal of nomination papers for the second phase, at least 14 relatives of members of parliament did not withdraw their candidature. There is pressure on the party leadership to take disciplinary action against relatives who disobey party decisions or orders. There are differences of opinion in the party.

3 Minister’s close relatives

The relatives of two ministers and one state minister did not withdraw their candidature in the second phase of voting. Local Awami League leader Nazrul Majid Mahmud is the chairman candidate in Narsingdi’s Manohardi upazila among these relatives who ignored the party’s instructions. He is the younger brother of local MP and Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun.

Ehsanul Hakim, the joint general secretary of the Awami League, is the candidate for the chairmanship of Rajbari’s Baliakandi Upazila Parishad. He is the Minister of Railways and Member of Parliament for Rajbari-2 Constituency (Pansha, Baliakandi and Kalukhali). Zillul Hakim’s own cousin.

Jamil Hasan (Durjoy), the elder brother of State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Rumana Ali,

Children, brothers, brother-in-law candidates

Rakibuzzaman Ahmed (Organizing Secretary of District Awami League) son of former Social Welfare Minister and Member of Parliament Nuruzzaman Ahmed (organizing secretary of District Awami League) and younger brother and current Upazila Parishad Chairman Mahbubuzzaman Ahmed (Vice President of District Awami League) have been candidates in Kaliganj of Lalmonirhat. Nuruzzaman Ahmed’s brother Mahbuzzaman Ahmed said that in the last parliamentary elections, he went against his brother and was in favor of an independent candidate. However, when he called to talk to former minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed, after knowing the content, he hung up on the excuse of being busy.

Former Finance Minister and Member of Parliament AHM Mustafa Kamal’s brother Golam Sarwar is a candidate for Chairmanship in Comilla Sadar Dakshin Upazila.

Among the relatives of parliamentarians there is also the brother of local parliamentarian Noor Mohammad in Bakshiganj upazila of Jamalpur. Nazrul Islam, Member of Parliament of Habiganj-3 Constituency in Bahubal Upazila of Habiganj. Abu Zahir’s brother-in-law Aktaruzzaman, Member of Parliament for Pabna-2 (Chatmohar-Bhangura-Faridpur) Constituency in Bhangura, Pabna. Maqbul Hossain’s elder son Golam Hasnain, Chuadanga Sadar MP Solaiman Haque Joardar Chelun’s nephew Naeem Hasan Joardar. They have become chairman candidates.

Apart from this, Sirajul Islam Khan, father of Bogra-3 Constituency Independent Member of Parliament and local Awami League leader Khan Muhammad Saifullah Al Mehdi, has been nominated for the post of Chairman.

Laxmipur-2 (Raipur) Constituency Member of Parliament and District Awami League General Secretary Nur Uddin Chowdhury’s sister-in-law Mamunur Rashid (President of Raipur Upazila Awami League) has become the chairman candidate. Saiful Alam alias Dipu, son of member of parliament Morshed Alam, has become the chairman candidate in Noakhali’s Senbag upazila.

The second phase will now allot symbols on May 2 This local government election is starting with the polling of 150 upazilas in the first phase on May 8.



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