The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will contest the by-election to Bogura-6 constituency, which fell vacant after the party’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s seat was declared vacant.
Out of total six, five lawmakers-elect of the BNP took oath and joined parliament but Mirza Fakhrul refrained from taking oath for what he said was a “strategic decision.”At a meeting of the 20-party alliance on Monday night, the BNP secretary general informed the leaders of components of the opposition coalition about their decision to contest the by-polls of Bogura-6 parliamentary seat.
“Mirza Fakhrul told us in the meeting of the 20-party alliance that BNP has taken the decision to join the Bogura-6 by-polls. The message has been conveyed in a bid to avert misunderstanding,” said Saifuddin Ahmed Moni, general secretary of Democratic League.
The BNP secretary general also informed the alliance leaders about their party's decision to nominate a candidate for its reserved seat for women.
The 20-party alliance meeting was held at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office in the capital with Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair. BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, also coordinator of the alliance, was present.
“Giving explanation of their decision of joining parliament, Mirza Fakhrul told us that a new polarisation is going to take place in the country’s politics. That’s’ why BNP has taken the decision to participate in parliament,” Saifuddin Ahmed Moni said.
However, BNP officially did not declare yet about their candidate for the by-polls of Bogura 6 and reserved seat for women.Asked whether the BNP has taken decision to contest the Bogura 6 by-polls and nominate candidate for the women reserved seat, Nazrul Islam Khan told the daily sun on Tuesday noon that “decision has not been taken yet in this regard.”
BNP insiders said the party may pick anyone of Zia family or a senior leader of the party to contest the Bogura-6 by-polls. It also may nominate a women leader of the party for the reserved women seat to go to parliament.
The BNP won six seats after contesting the December 30, 2018 general election. Although BNP termed the 11th parliamentary election “full of irregularities”, five of its parliamentarians except Mirza Fakhrul have taken oath and joined parliament.
The by-polls to Bogura-6 constituency will be held on June 24, according to a schedule announced by the Election Commission on May 8.
The parliamentary seat was declared vacant on April 30 as Mirza Fakhrul failed to take oath as MP after being elected from the constituency in the 11th parliamentary election.
According to the by-poll schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination paper is May 23, while the date for scrutinising nomination paper is May 27 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is June 3, EC sources said.