Vol. 5 Num 646 Thu. March 23, 2006  

Matin Chy won't contest next election
Rival groups clash at his official residence

Abdul Matin Chowdhury, a member of BNP standing committee and minister without portfolio, yesterday announced that he would not contest the next parliament election from Narayanganj constituency-1.

At a meeting with upazila and union parishad leaders of Rupganj at his official residence at Mintu Road in the capital. Matin Chowdhury also announced his nephew's name as a replacement candidate.

Moniruzzaman Chowdhury Khokon is the president of Rupganj upazila unit of BNP.

Dissatisfactions erupted instantly among the local leaders following the announcement.

Supporters of other aspiring candidates Taimur Alam Khandaker, Kazi Moniruzzaman and Kazi Nuruzzaman Khan expressed their resentment at the meeting.

In presence of the minister, they were locked in a scuffle with those of Khokon before police brought the situation under control.

Supporters of three leaders also chanted slogans against Matin Chowdhury's decision terming it monarchical and undemocratic.

When contacted, Kazi Moniruzzaman said it is quite undemocratic that a standing committee member declares his successor.

Khokon, however, said nomination of a candidate does not depend on the declaration of a minister, rather the party high-ups will decide it.