Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid will have to contest with heavy weight candidate Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury of the Bikalpa Dhara, an ally of ruling Awami League-led grand alliance, from Sylhet-6 (Golapganj-Beanibazar) constituency as Mobin did not withdraw his nomination paper till Sunday, the last day of withdrawing candidacy in the upcoming parliamentary elections, rescheduled for December 30.
Former foreign minister and freedom fighter Shamsher M Chowdhury, who resigned from the politics of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in 2015, has recently joined the Bikalpa Dhara to participate in the national elections from Sylhet-6 constituency.
Shamsher is going to contest on the ticket of the Bikalpa Dhara, though the party’s of former president Badruddoza Chowdhury is participating in the polls from the AL-led grand alliance using AL’s election symbol Boat as the alliance could not reach to a fruitful negotiation over the Sylhet-6 constituency, leaders of the AL and Bikalpa Dhara said.
This time, Nahid would have to face a strong challenge as Shamsher would be his main opponent in the election race, said local AL leaders.
Shamsher told new Age that he did not withdraw his nomination paper.
‘I will contest for the Sylhet-6 constituency from the Bikalpa Dhara using its election symbol Kula,’ he added.
The education minister claimed that he was confident about his victory in the polls and his party leaders and activists were supporting him in this regard.
Industrialist Faysal Ahmed Chowdhury will contest the polls on BNP ticket from the same constituency.
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