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‘CEC resorts to worst path of vengeance against me’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Friday alleged that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has chosen the worst path of vengeance against him for his reverse stance on elections.

“I’m still alive just because of treatment. Mentioning the issue of my treatment, the CEC has taken the worst path of taking revenge against me because of my opposite stance on elections,” he said in a statement.

“It’s my fundamental rights to get proper treatment as an election commissioner,” Mahbub Talukdar added.

He said the EC bears the medical expenses of all current and former commissioners according to the rules, and the CEC had availed of those also.

Mentioning that he has been suffering from prostate cancer since he became the election commissioner, Mahbub Talukder said cancer has spread to different parts of his body over the time and he has been treated in Singapore and Chennai, India.

He said medical board comprised of four doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University gave the go-ahead for his treatment abroad after conducting two physical examinations. “But in the last two years, I haven’t officially gone abroad for treatment. Instead, I went to the USA for treatment at my own expense,” he said.

At a press meet organised by Reporters Forum for Election and Democracy at the EC on Thursday, CEC Nurul Huda said Mahbub Talukdar has a ‘personal agenda’.

When asked about Mahbub Talukdar’s criticism of candidates getting elected unopposed, Huda said, “The EC can’t do anything if political parties don’t field candidates in the elections.”

“He (Mahbub Talukder) stayed in the ICU and CCU, spent from Tk 30 to Tk 40 lakh in a year as medical expenses paid by the EC and made comments for getting those published by the media. All these are personal,” said CEC Huda.