Wednesday, November 26, 2008

BNP Bigwigs Out Of Scene In Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon; Jamaat wants tickets in JS seats of Aminul, Dulu, Nadim

As some BNP bigwigs may not be able to run the polls race, the party is in great problem in selecting candidates in five constituencies in Rajshahi, Noagaon and Natore.
Taking this opportunity, Jamaat-e Islami is lobbing hard to field candidates in at least three of the seats.
As a possible way out, Rajshahi BNP has invited party chief Khaleda Zia to contest from one of the six seats in Rajshahi.
"We have candidates from within the party, yet we invited Khaleda Zia run in any Rajshahi seat.
We want to retain the seats we held for three terms", said district BNP president Azizur Rahman.
According to disclosure made by JMB chief Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai and police investigation, the then telecommunication minister Barrister Aminul Haque patronised Islamist militants by using police and administration during BNP-Jamaat government and barred authorities in Rajshahi to take action against militants in 2004-05.
Aminul was elected from Rajshahi-1 in 2001 polls.
Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu, Rajshahi Mayor and former lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu and former MPs Nadim Mostafa (Rajshahi-4) and Alamgir Kabir (Naogaon-6) also patronised JMB.
Rajshahi-1 (Godagari-Tanore)
Aminul Haque, who won from Rajshahi-1 three times since 1991 went into hiding after 1/11. He was jailed for 31 years in a case for abetting militancy. Haque, now abroad, is unwilling to contest in the changed scenario.
"Instead, he (Aminul) has requested for selecting one of his brothers", said Godagari BNP general secretary Anwarul Islam.
Aminul's brother and former inspector general of police (IGP) Dr M Enamul Haque has given his consent to vie in the parliamentary polls.
Jamaat central assistant secretary general Mujibur Rahman announced that he would seek alliance ticket from Rajshahi-1.
Natore-2 (Natore Sadar)
Dulu who allegedly held a meeting with JMB leader Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai in March 2004 is sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in two cases for abetting arson prior to militant activities.
"We are yet to finalise…" said Natore BNP general secretary Shahidul Islam Bachchu.
If Dulu can not contest, his wife Sabina Yasmin Chhobi or he would seek nomination, said Bachchu.
BNP national executive committee member Sirajul Islam and district Jamaat Ameer M Yunus Ali are also lobbying for nomination.
Naogaon-6 (Raninagar-Atrai)
Alamgir Kabir won this seat three times since 1991. He was sued in two cases for abetting militancy, but his name was dropped from charge sheet. He left BNP to join the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in late 2006.
District BNP president Zalal Ahmed Bokul, vice-president Anwar Hossain Bulu, law secretary AZM Rafikul Alam and Col (retd) Abdul Latif Khan are also lobbying for ticket.
Rajshahi-2 (city)
In absence of former BNP lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu,former lawmaker Kabir Hossain is seeking nomination in this seat, but a section of party leaders want Khaleda Zia or anyone else to vie from this seat.
"Kabir has become disputed as he did not back us during the city corporation polls …We are waiting for central decision ", said Rajshahi BNP organising secretary Alauddin Ahmed.
City Jamaat Ameer Ataur Rahman is lobbying for nomination.
He is joint convenor of Rajshahi city unit of four-party alliance in absence of Minu.
Rajshahi-5 (Puthia-Durgapur, previous Rajshahi-4)
Former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa, elected from the seat, is serving ten years imprisonment in two cases for extortion and criminal activities.
He was also named in three cases for abetting militancy. He went into hiding since 1/11 and is now staying in Malaysia and Singapore, said his close aides.
Nadim Mostafa is now wiling to return to country till he is cleared of charges, the sides said.
"Some local leaders are showing up. We will sit to decide about them", said Alauddin.

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