Failing to contest the upcoming election as a Mohajote candidate from Brahmanbaria-2 constituency (Sarail and Ashuganj upazilas), incumbent Jatiya Party (JP) MP Ziaul Huq Mridha is contesting the poll as an independent candidate.
On the other hand, Ziaul's son-in-law and JP central leader Rezaul Islam Bhuiyan got the ticket from Mohajote and is contesting the polls with the party symbol 'plough' against his father-in-law, who is contesting with the symbol 'lion'.
As a result, the constituency is going to witness a battle of in-laws.
Besides, as there is no Awami League backed candidate for the constituency, central Swechchhasebak League leader Moin Uddin has appeared as an independent candidate to contest the polls.
Local people believe due to the infighting between the in-laws, the election race will now take place between independent candidate Moin Uddin and BNP-backed candidate and former state minister Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan.
Contacted, Humayun Kabir, member secretary of Sarail upazila unit JP, said he is supporting Ziaul as Rezaul, who is usually a candidate from Brahmanbaria-3 constituency, is an outsider here.
Ashuganj Jubo League Convenor Ziauddin Khandaker at a press conference recently said it is very irritating for them as Ziaul still claiming himself as a Mohajote candidate although he is contesting the polls with the symbol 'lion'.
Political elites in Sarail and Ashuganj upazilas Ashraf Uddin Montu, Nuruzzaman Laskar Topu and Shahin Sikder said contest between Ziaul as Rezaul has created confusion among local voters and they may now go for either independent candidate Moin or BNP-backed Abdus Sattar.
A total of 3 lakh and 35 thousand voters of 17 unions under Sarail and Ashuganj upazilas will cast their votes in the upcoming election scheduled for December 30, where Awami League has failed to bagged victory since 1973.