Nomination seekers for contesting the by-election of the Jatiya Sangsad’s Dhaka-5 constituency have started campaigning activities including relief distribution among the needy during the ongoing coronavirus situation.
The constituency fell vacant following the death of Awami League leader Habibur Rahman Mollah on May 6 and the parliament secretariat declared the seat vacant on May 11.
At present, many local leaders, including Habibur Rahman Mollah’s son and Demra thana unit Awami League general secretary Moshiur Rahman Mollah, are working to make their presence felt in the locality, local people said.
AL international affairs sub-committee member Nehrin Mustofa came into the discussion after she distributed food aids on a large scale from her personal fund and own collection, local people added.
Moshiur Rahman told New Age that he would seek nomination from his party as he wanted to complete the unfinished development works initiated by his father.
Nehrin Mustofa said she would seek nomination for the development of the constituency as she observed that development activities in the area remained stuck for long while her grandfather late Dabir Uddin Mridha had begun such activities as he had been the president of greater Matuail union parishad for about 20 years since 1946.
Lawyer Nehrin, nephew of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s daughter-in-law Sultana Kamal, said that she would want to work for the constituency to make the area look like Gulshan.
She, also senior news presenter at a private television channel, said that she wanted to increase the literacy rate and ensure basic health rights for the people of the area.
Talking to New Age, several central leaders of the ruling AL said that the party high-ups are now serious about the COVID-19 situation than the by-election.
They said that AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina personally liked Nehrin as she is one of the young active organisers in the party.
They also said that as family members of many late lawmakers were getting priority in some previous cases, Moshiur Rahman was also a strong candidate for the constituency.
Dhaka city BNP vice-president Nabiullah Nabi told New Age that he was preparing to contest in the by-election.
He said that he was working for the people in his constituency for long.
He also added that he had some legal issue about the election as he filed a case challenging the result of the December 30, 2018 election for his constituency which is still pending.
In the 11th parliamentary polls Habibur Rahman Mollah elected as AL lawmaker for the fourth time defeating Bangladesh Nationalist Party candidate Nabiullah Nabi, Jatiya Party’s Mir Abdus Sabur, Gono Forum’s SM Altaf Hossain, National Awami Party’s Abdur Rashid, Islami Oikya Jote’s Abdul Kaium, National Peoples’ Party’s Arifur Rahman, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Altaf Hossain, Jaker Party’s Robiul Islam and Ganafront’s Shamim Mia.
Election Commission secretary M Alamgir said that the commission would discuss the schedule for the by-election after the end of the ongoing general holiday for the COVID-19 situation.
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