Vol. 5 Num 298 Tue. March 29, 2005  
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Habiganj By-polls
BNP picks Mubin Chy

The ruling BNP has nominated former chairman of Habiganj Zila Parishad Abu Lais Mubin Chowdhury to contest the by-election in Habiganj-3 constituency scheduled for April 25.

The nomination followed interview of two aspirants -- Mubin and former district BNP general secretary Chowdhury Ashraful Bari Noman -- at the party central office in the capital yesterday, party sources said.

The seat fell vacant due to the death of Awami League (AL) lawmaker and former finance minister SAMS Kibria in the January 27 grenade blast at a public meeting of the party in Habiganj that also killed three others.

Mubin was elected lawmaker thrice from the constituency as a Jatiya Party candidate. He later joined the BNP, fought against Kibria in the 2001 parliamentary polls and was defeated by 13,000 votes.

The last date for filing nominations is today, scrutiny will be held tomorrow and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is 7 April.

Meanwhile, the main opposition AL has not yet taken any decision about its participation or boycott of the by-election. It may announce an agitation programme in the district to protest the 'farcical' election, party insiders said.

District BNP leaders and activists are yet to recover from the jolt it suffered as investigators found party men's involvement in the January 27 incident.

AL Presidium member and former minister Dewan Farid Gazi, MP from Habiganj-1 constituency, told The Daily Star, "We have already boycotted the so-called elections. There is no scope of our joining the election since the probe and trial of the killers of Kibria are yet to be settled."