No election in N’ganj Sadar for 12 years


Although Narayanganj Sadar upazila is the largest one among all five upazilas of the district but it has been running without election for last 12 years.

Narayanganj Sadar upazila is constituted by three police stations- Narayanganj Sadar, Shiddhirganj and Fatullah. The other four upazilas Bandar, Sonargaon, Araihazar and Rupgonj have conducted regular elections and formed the new upazila council members including chairmen.

Almost one third of voters are in Narayanagnj Sadar upazila. The total voters of the upazila are 8,64,407. 

A BNP backed candidate advocate Abul Kalam Azad Biswas was elected as chairman with vying free candidates backed by Awami League in 12 years ago. 

Azad was elected Narayanganj Sadar Upazila chairman as there prevailed intra-party rivalry atmosphere in AL and thus independent candidates contested from Awami League and single candidate was in BNP so that they secured less votes out of casting total votes. Sadar upazila people are very unhappy as they could not cast their votes for a long time.

Locals of the upazila claimed that they are deprived of many government allotted goods and services for upazila.

There are many allegations against the incumbent upazila councils. Besides, the law and order situation is not up to the mark. Several crimes are often occurred in the upazila.

Bikrom Mollik Kanak, a freedom fighter and resident of the upazila told the Bangladesh Post that the Sadar upazila parishad distributed land and houses among the landless people without transparency. A new election in Sadar Upazila Parishad is a must at this moment, he added.

However, the District Election Officer Motiur Rahman and Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nahida Barik could not be reached when contacted to take comments in this regard.