AL quits Rangpur-3 race for JP
Published : Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 716
The ruling Awami League has quit the race for Rangpur-3 by-polls, slated for October 5, as part of its alliance politics with Jatiya Party, now opposition in parliament.
In the last day of nomination withdrawal on Monday, AL candidate Rezaul Karim Razu, also the general secretary of Rangpur district unit of the party, withdrew his nomination form at the behest of Sheikh Hasina, AL President and the Prime Minister.
Before the move, hundreds of agitated AL leaders and workers blocked the road in Zero Point in Rangpur so that Razu could not reach the Returning Officer's office to withdraw his nomination. Raju pacified them and went to the Returning Officer's office where he faced pressure of the party men too.
After withdrawing nomination, Razu told reporters that he had made sacrifice at the behest of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the sake of national interest. He was flanked by Rangpur district AL President Mamtaj Uddin, city AL President Shafiur Rahman and General secretary Tushar Kanti Mandal.
When the AL on September 7 fielded candidate, the AL activists became joyous and they were working for the victory of the party in the seat fell vacant after death of JaPa chairman HM Ershad.
In the race, JaPa candidate Saad Ershad, son of HM Ershad, is the only candidate of the parties of Grand Alliance led by AL. The other candidates are-BNP's Rita Rahman, Independent candidate Asif Shahriar, NPP's Shafiul Alam, Gonofront's Kazi Mohammad Shahidullah and Khelafat Majlish's Touhidur Rahman Mandal. In the seat, the number of voters are 4,41,673.