Jatiya Party (JP) will participate in Bogura-6 by-election as the parliamentary seat fell vacant due to failure of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to take oath as a member of parliament (MP) by April 30 this year.
“We are considering positively to participate in Bogura-6 by-polls,” GM Quader, acting chairman of Jatiya Party told the daily sun on Sunday. Asked about their possible candidate in the by-polls, he replied that they would finalise it after a discussion at the party forum.According to JP sources, Md Nurul Islam Omar, who contested in the constituency in 11th parliamentary election on December 30, 2018, is likely to get party nomination.
However, the party will finalise its candidature after learning the names of the candidates of other political parties, JP sources said. In the previous election results in all 141 polling centres of Bogura-6 constituency, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir bagged 2,05,987 votes with “sheaf of paddy” symbol while his nearest rival Jatiya Party candidate Nurul Islam Omar got 39,961 votes with “plough” symbol.
The parliamentary seat was declared vacant as Mirza Fakhrul failed to take oath as an MP by April 30.
According to by-polls schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination paper is May 23, while the date for scrutiny of nomination paper is May 27 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is June 3, EC sources said.
Meanwhile, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a meeting of 20-party alliance on May 13 said that his party has decided to contest the by-polls to Bogura-6 constituency.
Out of six elected lawmakers, five MPs-elect of BNP took oath and joined parliament, but Mirza Fakhrul refrained from taking oath for what he said was a “strategic decision.”BNP won six seats in December 30 parliamentary elections. Although the party termed the election “full of irregularities”, five of its parliamentarians excepting Mirza Fakhrul have taken oath and joined parliament.