By-poll Pick

Internal conflict pushes BNP into crisis

Mohammad Al Amin

14 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Nationalist Party has plunged into a crisis over its candidates’ nomination to vie for the upcoming by-polls to Dhaka, Naogaon and Sirajganj as internal conflict came to the fore.

Though the party has picked Salahuddin Ahmed for by-election to Dhaka-5 constituency and Sheikh Md Rejaul Islam for Naogaon-6, it could not yet declare names of candidates for Dhaka-18 and Sirajganj-1 due to serious internal feud, BNP sources said. 

Some 29 aspirants have collected nomination forms on Thursday and Friday to contest the by-polls to Dhaka-18, Dhaka-5, Sirajganj-1 and Naogaon-6.

Nine aspirants have collected nomination forms for Dhaka-18, six for Dhaka-5, five for Sirajganj-1 and nine for Naogaon-6 constituency.  

The party’s nomination board comprised of the members of standing committee, the highest policymaking body of BNP, interviewed the nomination seekers on Saturday, but are yet to finalise whoever to pick for Dhaka-18 and Sirajganj-1.

“We are yet to decide on our candidates’ nomination for four parliamentary seats. We will inform you (journalists) in time after picking our candidates,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan told daily sun on Sunday afternoon.

“The situation may take any trajectory if the names of candidates are declared without resolving the internal crisis immediately,” a central leader of the party said, wishing not to be named.

Talking to daily sun, some leaders and activists of Dhaka city BNP said the party-nominated candidates may face difficulty in achieving victory in the by-elections to two constituencies in the capital due to serious internal conflict.

At least 12 leaders and activities were injured in a clash between two factions of BNP centring the nomination for by-polls to four parliamentary seats in front of its chairperson’s office at Gulshan in the capital Saturday afternoon.

BNP sources and witnesses said supporters of nomination aspirant Kofiluddin Ahmed, joint general secretary of Dhaka north city unit BNP, opting to vie for s for Dhaka-18 constituency, and SM Jahangir, president of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal of Dhaka north city unit, were locked in a clash in the afternoon that delayed the party’s nomination board’s activities of interviewing the aspirants.

Earlier in the afternoon, the supporters of nomination aspirants Nabiullah Nobi and Salahuddin for Dhaka-5 constituency were also locked in clash in the same spot that created panic in the area, sources added.

Later, BNP nomination board interviewed aspirants for Dhaka-5, Dhaka-18, Naogaon-6 and Sirajganj-1 and held a meeting about finalising the candidates but couldn’t take decision due to the internal conflict.

BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman joined the interview and meeting from London through video conference while other members of the nomination board did the same from their respective residences.

BNP’s eight commissioner candidates of Dhaka City Corporations submitted letter recently to BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed, urging him not to give nomination to SM Jahangir for Dhaka-18 parliamentary seat.

BNP leaders Kofil Uddin Ahmed, SM Jahangir Hossain, Bahauddin Sadi, Ishtiaq Aziz Ulfat, Haji Mostafijur Rahman Shegun, Md Akhtar Hossain, Ismail Hossain, Haji Mostafa Jaman and Abbas Uddin submitted nomination papers for Dhaka-18 constituency.

Salahuddin Ahmed, Nobi Ullah Nobi, Selim Bhuiyan, Jummon Mia, Akbar Hossain Nantu and Anwar Hossain Sarkar submitted their nomination form for Dhaka-5 parliamentary seat while TM Tphjibul Rahman Tushar, Nazmul Hassan Talukder Rana, Robiul Hassan and Selim Reja for Sirajganj-1 and Anwar Hossain, Abdus Shukur, SM Faruq James, Mahmudul Arefin Swapan, Atikur Rahman Ratan Molla, Sheikh Md Rejaul Islam, Shafiqul Islam, Rafikul Alom Rafiq and Ishaq Ali for Naogaon-6.