The Chattogram-10 (Halishahar-Doublemooring) constituency is under Awami League (AL) for the last 10 years.
The constituency with 4, 57,979 voters is consisted of six wards of Chattogram City Corporation.
AL’s Dr Afsarul Amin won the seat in 2008 polls defeating BNP’s central vice-chairman Abdullah Al Noman. In 2014 election also he was elected from the seat without any contest.
This year, however, Afsarul has a number of five aspirants from his own party. Against the six AL aspirants active in the field at present, BNP has only one candidate.
Majur Alam who declared to leave politics after joining BNP from AL, wants to vie for the upcoming 11th national polls from AL. Other AL aspirants are Bangabandhu’s close associate late MA Aziz’s son Saifuddin Khalid Bahar; presidium member of JUbo League and Chattogram Metropolitan Jubo League’s former convener Syed Mahmudul Huq; Chattogram Metropolitan Jubo League convener Mohiuddin Bachchu; Jubo League leader Farid Mahmud.
BNP’s heavyweight candidate Abdullah Al Noman is the only aspirant from the party.
City Jatiya Party vice-president Osman Khan is also active in a bid to vie for the polls from JP.
Present lawmaker Afsarul said, “We have carried out large-scale development activities in the area. In urban areas, lawmakers get limited allocation for development activities; even then, arranging special allocation we tried our best to develop the area.”
“We build a gallery at once deserted Shahjahan ground. Tk 3.5 crore Sheikh Russel park would be constructed here,” he added.
Observing that he tried to serve the people not as a minister or lawmaker, but as a political activist, he said, “Every politician has the right to seek nomination. I also would seek nomination.”
Former Chattogram mayor M Manjur Alam participated in the 2008 polls as independent candidate after being rejected by AL. He became the city mayor with BNP support in 2010. In 2004, he did not participate in the election. He did not answer to the query over from which party he would seek nomination.
But his close ones said, “Manjur Alam has hearty relation with AL. Through the activities of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Foundation, he has been carrying out extensive social and development works in the area since long. In 2010, out of pride, he took part in mayoral election under BNP support. He was elected mayor also. During second time, although he competed against AL candidate AJM Nasir Uddin, he withdrew his candidacy on the morning of election day.”
Informing that recently communication has been established between AL leadership and Manjur Alam, his supporters said, “If nominated, he is eager to vie for the polls from AL.”
Former BCL activist Mahiudding Bachchu, a follower of ABM Mahiuddin Chowdhury, is also in the race for nomination from AL. He said, “People’s leader Sheikh Hasina is going to emphasise on young leadership in the next polls. I will ask for nomination as leader of the young generation. I have good relation with locals. If nominated, I am hopeful about winning the polls.”
Syed Mahmudul Huq protested the killing 9of Bangabandhu in 1975. For this reason, he was an accused of ‘Chattogram conspiracy case’. In that case, he was imprisoned for four years along with his father and two siblings.
Mahmudul said, “Despite huge development made by the government, the port city is not still free of water-logging. As a true follower of the ideals of Bangabandhu, I will seek nomination in the next polls.”