Jatiya Party on Sunday started selling nomination forms for the Rangpur 3 by-poll way ahead of the national election commission’s declaration of the election schedule.
The seat was declared vacant by Jatiya Sangsad two days after JP founder HM Ershad’s death on July 14.
A number of aspirant candidates, including JP presidium member Fakhruzzaman Jahangir, JP Rangpur city unit general secretary SM Yasir and JP organising secretary Abdur Razzaq came at the party’s Banani office on the day but did not buy nomination form, JP leaders said.
They said that Ershad’s son Shad Ershad and his nephew Asif Shahriar, a former lawmaker from Rangpur, had also expressed interest in getting the party’s nomination.
The price for the nomination form was set at Tk 15,000, they said.
An eight-member board, led by JP chairman GM Quader, would finalise the candidate.
Explaining the reason behind selling nomination forms ahead of official declaration, JP secretary general Mashiur Rahman Ranga told New Age that the party wanted to take time for selecting the best possible candidate for winning the seat regarded as the Makka of Jatiya Party activists.
‘We don’t want to lose the by-poll when Awami League and BNP also expressed their determination to win the seat,’ he said.
Ranga, also member secrecy of the selection board, said that they would become busy from next week for observing Ershad’s qulkhani across the country and for holding district level councils.
Ershad’s qualkhani would be observed in Dhaka, Chattogram and Rangpur on August 31 and the remaining districts on the following day, Ranga said.
JP also approved 241-member Jatiya Mahila Party central committee on Sunday. JP presidium member Salma Islam was made president while another presidium member Najma Akhter was named general secretary of the women front of the party.
JP chairman GM Quader said that the party was increasing its organisational capacities by forming fresh committees for playing an effective role as the main opposition in the country.
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