Rebels have weakened prospects of chairman candidates backed by Awami League (AL) in four upazilas of Panchagarh district.
The election will be held today in Atwary, Panchagarh Sadar, Boda and Debiganj upazilas. AL-backed candidate in each of the four upazilas will face a tough challenge from BNP and Jamaat-backed candidates due to intra-party feud.
In Atway upazila, Awami League-backed candidate is Touhidul Islam, general secretary of the upazila unit. Joint-Secretary of the unit advocate Anisur Rahman is also in the race as rebel candidate. Their rival contestant is BNP upazila unit president Abdur Rahman.
In Sadar upazila, AL's Anwar Sadat Samrat is in the election race, while rebel candidate Ariful Islam Pallab, organising Secretary of district unit, is also vying for the chairman post. BNP's Sadar upazila unit President Abu Daud Prodhan and Jamaat-backed candidate Abdul Khalek are also contesting for the post.
In Boda upazila, AL-backed candidate Faruk Alam Tobi and rebel AL caudate Moyazzem Hossain Babul are contesting for the chairman post.
BNP in the upazila failed to field single candidate for the post as three party men--Abdul Aziz, advocate Monzur Rahman and Afzal Hossain--are in the race. Jamaat-backed candidate Md Safiullah Sufi is in a better position.
In Debiganj upazila, AL-backed candidate Hasnat Zaman Chowdhury and AL rebel candidate Abdul Malek are vying for the post of upazila chairman. BNP' Abu Torab Sarkar faces rebel candidate Abdul Goni Bosunia in the race. Jamaat has fielded Abdul Mannan as its candidate candidate in the upazila.