Best stunt so far in the battle for vote came from the son of a BNP candidate. He posted a facebook appeal to the public, “Don’t vote for my father”. Niaz Morshed Elite, son of BNP candidate for Chattagram Monirul Islam Yusuf said he was ashamed and disappointed that his father being a freedom fighter has taken nomination from BNP which is closely connected with Jamaat. Elite himself is an Awami Leaguer. Time will tell whether the people of his area will listen to him or his father. The anti-corruption commission (ACC) has questioned Dr. Kamal Hossain, convener of Jatiya Oikyafront alliance over non-payment of taxes and renting out a house built on a plot given to his wife by the government. Her daughters have thus broken the lease conditions. Rajuk is investigating the case.
Dissatisfaction over the nomination of candidates by the party supporters has reached the peak and in some places we have witnessed bloody clashes that left one or two dead and scores injured. Supporters of two groups of successful and unsuccessful nominees are getting engaged in clashes across the country despite clear instructions from party high command against such activities.
About two dozen heavyweight politicians of both Awami League and BNP who have been elected in the past and sat in parliament as lawmakers failed to collect nomination papers this time around.
Veteran BNP politician Nazrul Islam Khan has been selected to head the BNP election monitoring committee. The other members of the committee will be selected soon.
A total of 51 candidates of Juktofront and Bikalpadhara have submitted nomination papers at various places of the country on the last day of the submission deadline. Among the heavyweights are Major (retd) Abdul Mannan, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Mahi B Chowdhury, Golam Sarwar Milan and so on. Jamaat will field 25 candidates to contest with paddy leaf symbol in 25 seats. It is expected that 25 more will contest as independent candidates in the coming elections.
There was a rumor that Dr. Kamal Hossain and his daughter Barrister Sarah Hossain would join the voting fray as candidates from the Oikyajote. But last night it was confirmed by them that they were not contesting the election.