BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's elder sister Selima Islam has started election campaigning for paddy sheaf as her husband Dr Rafiqul Islam, former professor of Rajshahi University, is contesting in the national elections as BNP candidate from Juktofront alliance from Nilphamari-1 (Domar-Dimla) constituency.
“Your vote can restore democracy in the country and pave the way for release of imprisoned former premier Khaleda Zia. So please cast your vote for sheaf of paddy,” emotional Selima urged voters while campaigning at different points in Domar municipality area and Gomnati union yesterday and the day before.
During the campaign, former public prosecutor Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, grandson of Selima, said Khaleda Zia is the youngest among three sisters and late politician Khurshid Zahan (Chocolate) was the eldest, while housewife Selima is the second.
Dr Rafiqul's eldest son Saiful Islam Duke was awarded two years' imprisonment in the August 21 grenade attack case and second son Shahrin Islam Tuhin left the country after he got 13 years' jail term in a case for financial irregularities, said Mizanur.
Dr Rafiqul and his wife have come into the limelight as it is now a crisis period for the party and family as well, he added
Selima along with her husband and a few supporters addressed roadside gatherings at Chikonmati Mor, Upazila Mor, Mollapara and Proshikapara in Domar municipality.
Selima's second son Shahrin Islam Tuhin usually contests from Nilphamari-1 constituency but as he is convicted and now living abroad, his father, despite his old age, has come forward to join the election.