12:00 AM, December 26, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 26, 2018

Campaign barred by AL

Four candidates with 'paddy sheaf' symbol allege at press conferences in Tangail

Four candidates of the BNP-led 20-party alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront in the district have alleged that they cannot conduct election campaigns in their constituency amid attacks and filing of false cases.

Situation has not improved despite army deployment, they said.

They came up with the allegation in separate press conferences at Tangail Press Club in the last two days.

They are BNP candidates Maj Gen (retd) Mahmudul Hasan from Tangail-5 (Sadar upazila), Lutfar Rahman Khan Azad from Tangail-3 (Ghatail upazila) and Shahidul Islam Sarkar from Tangail-1 (Madhupur-Dhanbari) and Krishak Sramik Janata League contender engineer Liakat Ali from Tangail-4 (Kalihati upazila) constituencies.

Mahmudul Hasan at a conference yesterday alleged that supporters of the Awami League candidate are becoming more desperate with voting day approach.

They continued carrying out attacks on his supporters and filing false cases against them to keep them away from the election, he said.

They have been showing such attitude as they are sure of losing in the election, said Mahmudul.

Lutfar Rahman Khan Azad described the same situation in his constituency.

Murder case accused as well as outsider musclemen are now dominating the constituency, he said, adding that they informed the authorities concerned about the matter several times but to no effect.

Engineer Liakat Ali at a press conference on Monday brought the same allegations against the ruling party candidate's supporters.

“Local AL men declared barring of voters of 'Sheaf of Paddy' in the centers, creating panic among them,” he said.

Shahidul Islam Sarkar alleged that local AL candidate's supporters have already attacked his house and vandalised the upazila BNP office as well.

Such intolerable situation is prevailing also in the four other constituencies of the district, alleged advocate Farhad Iqbal, general secretary of Tangail district unit of BNP.

Candidates of the major alliances will win in all eight constituencies in the district if the administrations, including the patriotic army, perform their duties properly till the election day, he added.

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