Around 21 controversial candidates sought BNP nomination this year who had tried to join Awami League in protest against arson attacks sponsored by BNP and Jamaat in the year 2014-2015.
According to confidential sources in the government, these BNP leaders were former whip Sayed Shahidul Haque Jamal of Barisal, former BNP parliamentarian Dr Rustom Ali Farazi of Pirojpur, former whip Abu Yusuf Md Khalilur Rahman of Joypurhat, former whip Rezaul Bari Dina of Bogura, former MPs Md Shahiduzzaman and Abdul Gani of Meherpur, former student leader Suranjan Ghosh of Kisorganj, former lawmaker KM Anwarul Islam of Pabna, former treasurer of Bangladesh Red Crescent Dr Fazlul Kabir of Noakhali, former secretary of Bangladesh Medical Association Dr Gaziul Haque of Khulna, former lawmakers Nozir Hossain of Sunamgonj, MM Shahin of Moulovibazar, Dr Ziaul Haque and Mahmudur Rahman, Elen Vhutto of Jhalkhati, Delwar Khan Dulu of Mymensingh, Tasrin Rana of Dhaka, Organizing Secretatry of Liberal Democratic Party Shahadat Hossain Selim, former mayor of Meherpur Municipality Montasir Billa Madu, former MP Nurul Islam Moni of Borguna, and former general secretary of pro-BNP Jatiyotabadi Sangskritik dal Humanyun Kabir Bepari from Chandpur.
However, it has become known that now all of them are desperately lobbying to get BNP nominations for the next parliamentary election.
The sources said that these BNP leaders tried to join Awami League in protest to the BNP’s anarchy and violent activities in the name of politics. But the ruling party leaders did not welcome them as there were a number of graft allegations against them. For this purpose, at one stage, those leaders reportedly communicated with senior officials of Indian High Commission in Bangladesh.
Another politician from Liberal Democratic Party also made the attempt to join in Awami League. Now he is also trying to get nomination from BNP led Jatiya Oikyafront.
The news has taken the conscious citizens by surprise. They fail to understand how these politicians have changed their political colour in a minute.
According to the media reports, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found properties worth Tk150 crore that Shahidul Huq Jamal and his family members own without any legal sources of income.
These properties included six luxurious houses worth Tk 40 crore at Baro Moghbazar, one in Cantonment area of the capital Dhaka, one at Farirbari in Barisal, one at Barnaripara upazila town and one at Labonshara village of that upazila under Barisal district.
Kohinoor Spinning Mill situated on 32 acres of land at Saver of Dhaka valued at over Tk 100 crore, is also owned by Jamal.
There were allegations including forcibly collecting Tk 4 lakh per month from Banaripara upazila during the regime of the alliance government, misappropriation of huge funds as chairman of Red Crescent in 1991-96, and corruptions concerning relief items, government grants, and development funds, establishments of telephone, post office and police post in his election constituency.
BNP leader Karim Abbasi was elected MP from Netrakona-1 with BNP ticket in 1991 and 2001 by defeating Awami League candidate Jalaluddin Talukder. He was also BNP Whip during 1991-1996.
In October 2005, Karim Abbasi joined hands with former President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and ex-BNP policymaker Col( rtd) Oli Ahmed, now LDP chief, after they had launched the new party LDP.
He had to leave his NAM house along with reformist Syed Monzur Hossain, MP, of Chapainawabganj, Ali Kader, MP of Jessore fearing attacks from BNP activists.
Now he is desperately trying to manage BNP ticket again.
In December 2017, Dr Rusom Ali Farazi of Pirojpur again joined former President HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party. He took part in the polls of 1996 with the party’s ticket. But he had left the party after he failed in those polls. Now he is trying to get BNP nomination to the surprise of all.
Former whip Abu Yusuf Md Khalilur Rahman of Joypurhat, was expelled after he was identified as a reformist. Now he is also lobbying hard to get BNP nomination.
Former BNP lawmaker KM Anwarul Islam was arrested for misappropriating of a large number of corrugated iron sheets marked for relief on November in 2007.
He joined Awami League but was refused. Now he is also trying to get BNP ticket.