Vol. 5 Num 923 Sun. December 31, 2006  

Disgruntled BNP men agitate for tickets
Rival asks party men to 'chase' nominee in Kishoreganj, hartal threatened in Khulna

'Rebel' BNP candidates continued agitation yesterday for 4-party alliance tickets in several constituencies in different districts.

They held rallies and brought out processions in their areas demanding nomination and rejecting rival BNP leaders as candidates.

A BNP nomination seeker from Kishoreganj-3 (Sadar) at a party meeting at his election office in Station Road area in the district town Friday night asked his followers to 'chase' 4-party alliance nominee former BNP lawmaker Ataur Rahman Khan and his workers whenever they are seen in the constituency, reports our Kishoreganj correspondent.

Disgruntled BNP nomination seeker retired judge Rejaul Karim Khan Chunnu at the meeting said his men would not give Ataur Rahman Khan any chance to come out on streets in the constituency to campaign for the coming election.

Warning the party high command, Chunnu said, Kishoreganj BNP would face serious consequence if Ataur Rahman is given ticket from the constituency.

Chunnu also urged his activists to form committees at each ward and union to resist Ataur Rahman Khan.

Chunnu joined BNP on October 7 at a function in Kishoreganj town, attended by BNP chief Khaleda Zia. BNP leaders and activists brought out a big processions in the town on the previous day protesting his joining the party.

Chunnu's meeting was addressed by, among others, district BNP president Jalal Ahmed, Krisak Dal president Mainuddin, Sechcha ebak Dal convener Naymul Alam. The meeting was followed by a procession in the town.

In Kushtia, BNP leader industrialist Nasir Uddin alias Nasir Biswas declared at a rally that he would contest the polls from Kushtia-4 (Daulatpur) constituency as an independent candidate if he is denied alliance ticket, our correspondent reported.

Nasir himself arranged the meetint at Allahrdarga High School ground Friday evening.

Nasir, owner of Nasir Group of Industries, claimed that he has done a lot for the people of Daulatpur and he will win the seat if nominated.

With BNP Daulatpur upazila vice-president Altaf Hosain in the chair, the meeting was addressed by, among others, Sirajul Islam, Azibor Rahman, Hasan Ali and Alauddin Ahmed.

Reza Ahmed Bachchu Mollah, son of former minister for post and telecommunications Ahsanul Haq Mollah, got the 4-party alliance ticket from Daulatpur, party sources said. Bachchu Molla became a lawmaker in a by-election held in 2004 after the death of his father. No political party took part in the by-election.

Bachchu's nomination in the by-election was protested by many party men as he allegedly patronised outlaws in the district.

Nasir Uddin also sought nomination in the by-election and in the 2001 election but was denied.

In Khulna, Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal activists from Daulatpur, Khalishpur and Khanjahan Ali thana held a rally and brought out a broom procession in Daulatpur yesterday protesting four-party nomination to BNP leader Ashraf Hossain from Khulna-3. They demanded the party ticket for city Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman.

Presided over by Daulatpur Mahila Dal secretary Noorjahan Akhter, the rally was addressed by, among others, party leaders Chamon Akhter, Nighat Shima, Mabia Khatoon, Jharna Begum, Manjila Khatoon and Taslima Akhter.

They threatened greater agitation including hartal after Eid if city Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman is not given four-party alliance ticket from Khulna-3 constituency, our Staff Correspondent reported.

They said that BNP leaders, activists and supporters in Khulna-3 constituency have rejected Ashraf Hossain as a BNP leader as he violated the party constitution by making objectionable remarks against party chief Khaleda Zia and its senior joint secretary Tarique Rahman time and again in last one year.

Four-party alliance will lose this seat (Khulna-3) if nomination of Ashraf Hossain is not changed, they said.

The demonstrators laid siege to Daulatpur bus stand for about an hour disrupting traffic demanding Mayor's nomination.

In Pabna, rival BNP leaders and activists brought out procession, held a rally and burnt an effigy of former lawmaker Anwerul Islam, a four-party alliance nominee from Pabna-3 (Chatmoher upazila) constituency. They also held demonstrations on Thursday in the area protesting his nomination, a correspondent reported.

Friday's procession was brought out from Chatmoher Degree College premise adjacent to Anwarful Islam's residence. The rally held at Chatmoher Thana Crossing was addressed by, upazilla BNP leaders Nazir Sharker, Harun Bishwas, Jahirul Haque, Abdul Mozid and Bilchallan Union Parishad chairman Mohammed Ali.

The speakers demand nomination for Saiful Azam Suza, who also submitted nomination paper.

Party sources said agitation against Anwarful Islam's nomination is continuing since news reached here that he got the party ticket. They also claimed that Anwerul Islam could not hold any public meeting in the area since he got the nomination.