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Selim Osman

Misplaced patronage

FOLLOWING the Narayanganj-5 by-poll the Daily Star under the caption, “Selim Osman wins, Narayanganj loses” wrote, “The Osman family has won the Narayanganj-5 by-polls amid allegations of widespread intimidation of voters.Selim Osman, the candidate of the main opposition Jatiya Party and brother of ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, beat independent candidate SM Akram by 16,742 votes in the battle of ballots that took place about two months after the gruesome seven murders in Narayanganj”.However, in myassessment, there was...

A courageous act

THE people of Narayanganj had demonstrated immense courage by staging huge protests against the recent gruesome seven-murder there. The mighty vested quarter could not silence their voices. Their protest sparked a ray of hope in people's minds elsewhere in the country. It appeared to have shaken the powerbase of the Osman family. It also sent a message to the people that Selim Osman might be defeated in the parliamentary by-polls through ballots. But Thursday's election result proved otherwise. The Osman...

Selim warns his men against wrongdoing

A day after Selim Osman won the Narayanganj-5 by-election marked by allegations of fake votes, use of black money and intimidation of voters, the newly elected JP MP yesterday warned his followers against doing anything unlawful. “Nobody involved in extortion and criminal activities, creating disorder, and any evil deeds will be spared,” said Selim. “Punishment would be double for those getting engaged in unlawful activities remaining on my side,” he added. Selim made the statement while addressing a rally of Jatiya Party...

BNP terms Narayanganj by-polls ‘farcical’

BNP terms Narayanganj by-polls ‘farcical’

Terming Narayanganj-5 by-polls as farcical, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said no free and fair elections is possible under the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "Once again it has been proved that no polls can be held in a free, fair and neutral manner under the Hasina-led...

Selim Osman wins, Narayanganj loses

Selim Osman wins, Narayanganj loses

The Osman family has won the Narayanganj-5 by-polls amid allegations of widespread intimidation of voters. Selim Osman, the candidate of the main opposition Jatiya Party and brother of ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, beat independent candidate SM Akram by 16,742 votes in yesterday's polls that saw a low turnout. Selim bagged 82,856 votes and...

  

Shamim Osman Threatens Policeman

I don't say please to anyone

I don't say please to anyone

Ruling party lawmaker Shamim Osman allegedly tried to intimidate an assistant superintendent of police in Narayanganj into letting fake votes be cast for his brother Selim Osman at the by-election yesterday. “I do not say the word 'please' to anyone. I am Shamim Osman. Listen to me. Why bother listening to the superintendent? Only...

NARAYANGANJ BY-POLLS

Vote rigging allegation against Selim Osman

Vote rigging allegation against Selim Osman

Independent candidate SM Akram brought allegation of vote rigging and ballot boxes stuffing against the supporters of Jatiya Party aspirant Selim Osman during the Narayanganj-5 by-polls today. Akram also alleged that the people of Selim drove away his polling agents from some centres. "My polling agents were driven away from several centres including Nolua Madrasa,...

Narayanganj-5

Campaign for by-polls ends

The Election Commission claims to have taken all-out measures to hold the Narayanganj-5 by-polls tomorrow fairly and peacefully amid fear of vote rigging and violence. Jatiya Party-nominated candidate Selim Osman and independent candidate SM Akram completed their campaigns yesterday in the constituency that has 3.42 lakh voters. More than 4,500 members of Border Guard Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion, Armed Police Battalion, police, Ansar and Coast Guard have been deployed in the constituency to maintain law and order. "We have deployed a sufficient...

N'ganj-5 By-Election

Independent candidate, civil society fear rigging

Independent candidate, civil society fear rigging

Independent candidate in Narayanganj-5 by-election SM Akram, along with some civil society members and politicians supporting him, yesterday expressed fear that Jatiya Party candidate Selim Osman might try to capture polling stations and rig votes. They urged the government, law enforcers, and the Election Commission (EC) to play a neutral role for holding a...

Attack by JP Men

Rabbi among 10 injured in N'ganj

Rafiur Rabbi, convener of Santrash Nirmul Taqi Mancha, and nine others were injured in an attack during an election campaign in Narayanganj yesterday. The victims alleged that the attackers were loyal to Selim Osman, who is contesting Naryanganj-5 by-polls scheduled for June 26 with Jatiya Party ticket, and the incident had occurred in presence of police. Several female campaigners were also assaulted during the attack, they claimed. "It proves they [Osman family] won't spare anyone speaking against them," said Rafiur Rabbi, a...

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