11:28 AM, December 07, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:45 PM, December 07, 2018

JP’s Hawlader denied, Sohel Rana accepted

The Election Commission (EC) today turned down candidature of Jatiya Party leader Ruhul Amin Hawlader from Patuakhali-1 constituency for contesting the upcoming general election.

The EC during the second day of its hearing declared Hawlader’s candidature invalid on the ground of loan default, our staff correspondent reports from the EC Secretariat.

Meanwhile, the commission cleared the way for another JP candidate Masud Parvez Sohel Rana for contesting the polls from Barishal-2.

JP Chairman HM Ershad in a sudden move on December 3 removed Hawlader from the party’s secretary general post and replaced him with State Minister for LGRD Moshiur Rahman Ranga.

Hawlader's fall from the JP chief's grace came a day after his nomination papers were rejected by the returning officer concerned on grounds of loan default. 

Ershad was unhappy with Hawlader due to allegation of “nomination business” against him, JP insiders said.

The Election Commission (EC) around 10:00am today at its office in Dhaka’s Agargaon area resumed the second day of hearing on the appeals of the nominees earlier rejected by the returning officers during scrutiny.

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