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Amanur Rahman Khan Rana

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Awami League rebel Amanur Rahman Khan Rana won the Tangail-3 by-election by a wide margin yesterday.

Rana bagged 97,808 votes while his rivals AL-nominated candidate Shahidul Islam Lebu got 44,531 votes and Jatiya Party-backed candidate Syed Abu Yusuf Abdullah Tuhin 11,684 votes.

Of the 2,71,329 voters in the constituency, 1,54,023 cast their ballots at the by-election.

The main opposition BNP boycotted the by-polls.

In his reaction after the polls, Rana said the election was free and fair. He said he was still with the Awami League and had confidence in party President Sheikh Hasina.

AL-backed candidate Shahidul Islam Lebu alleged that Rana's men had prevented his voters from going to polling centres in two unions.

However, JP-nominated candidate Tuhin said the polls were held in a free and fair manner.

Returning Officer Syed Khurshid Anwar said he had not received any complaints from the candidates. The by-election, he noted, had been held freely and fairly.

Voting began at 8:00am and continued till 4:00pm without break. A large number of female voters cast their ballots while the presence of male voters was thin at polling stations.

Shahidul Lebu, whose election symbol was the boat, cast his vote at Ratanpur Government Primary School polling centre.

Rana, with the pineapple as his election symbol, cast his ballot at the Mukul Academy centre in Ghatail municipality.

Tuhin's election symbol was the plough. He cast his vote at Gourangi Akashia Goverment Primary School centre in Anehola union.

The parliamentary seat for the constituency fell vacant following the death of ruling Awami League lawmaker Matiur Rahman on September 13.

Rana, who was religious affairs secretary of AL Tangail district unit, decided to contest the by-polls as an independent candidate after failing to get the party ticket. This decision on his part led to his expulsion from the party on Friday.

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Awami League is fast loosing public support. The Tangail -3 by election tell it all. First, AL contested the polls keeping the BNP at bay. The outcome is that there has been a low turnout of voters. Only 56.76 per cent of the votes were cast. Second, AL secured only 28.91 per cent of the cast votes against independent the candidate who won and secured 63.5 per cent, and JP with 7.58 per cent of the popular votes. The real reason for the winning of the independent candidate was the turnout of some BNP voters who voted for the independent candidate. A partial factor may be AL's wrong nomination of candidate, the reflection of faltering AL politics in every sector. Things as they are now, AL will not dare to open a dialogue and settle political differences with the Opposition BNP as they know that they are now virtually a pariah party widely lacking in popular support. They are, however, determined to hold the next polls, if need be, without the BNP. But political world is different-the flop popularity of AL may encourage BNP to take the field and win it too.

: Iftikhar-ul-Awwal

First and Final Wake up call for AL from the people of Bangladesh. Wake up or remain sleep for ever.

: barkat


  • Abul Kalam
    Monday, November 19, 2012 03:52 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    There is no doubt that AL is losing popular support and all these happening due to the wrong course of action or policy taken by AL's president and the PM. The country is waiting to see the AL's representation in the parliament has gone down to 30 to 40 MP's and there is not enough time to correct this situation.

  • neutral
    Monday, November 19, 2012 06:32 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    A strong signal for the AL to review their political strategy keeping in mind that Tangail might be showing the exit door to the AL from governance in the coming election.

  • narayan
    Monday, November 19, 2012 07:16 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    Through the courtesy of The Daily Star Hasina is receiving valuable advices which she should listen to.

  • N. Alamgir
    Monday, November 19, 2012 07:49 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    These defeats should ring an alarm bell in the rank and file of the ruling AL. It is high time that the ruling AL tries to grasp the wants and needs of the common people. After all it is the common people who would return them to power.

  • Dr. Supria Dhar,PH.D.
    Monday, November 19, 2012 08:31 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    Lemon (lebu) of AL has been consumed as it should. It seems public are awaking up to say farewell to political parties who are unable to find acceptable candidates. It is a good beginning.

    Monday, November 19, 2012 01:58 PM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    This result is very realistic reflection of what will happen in next general election.

  • Tarik Zaman, Canberra, Australia
    Monday, November 19, 2012 09:33 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    Had AL won the election- the critics would call the election was rigged; AL has lost the election- now the critics describing the election result due to decline in the popularity of the government. It's a diabolic situation for the AL, or any sitting government. If we think that a fair election is possible under an elected government, why are we asking for a caretaker government, who is never ready to accept any responsibility after discharging overboard authority?

  • mshafiqula
    Monday, November 19, 2012 10:02 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    Hope the AL leaders including the PM can read the message and come to their senses.Don't underestimate the people's power.

  • Asad Zaman
    Monday, November 19, 2012 10:12 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    It is a fallacy to say AL sinks as rebel wins when the winner himself is saying that he is still with the AL and had confidence in party President Sheikh Hasina.

  • Anonymous
    Monday, November 19, 2012 01:07 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    Awami League is losing popular support and is being defeated in the by-election. According to democratic tradition, if a party loses a by-election it should resign. But it is high time for AL to change its course and democratize its administration and policy. It should understand feeling of the people.

  • A Bangalee
    Monday, November 19, 2012 01:11 AM GMT+06:00 (285 weeks ago)

    It was not a by-election but a bye-election for the Awami League.

    Awami League should come to its senses, continue dialogue with other political parties and democratically hold the next election.





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