Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury -- popularly known as Nixon Chowdhury -- lawmaker of Faridpur-4, today demanded legal action against Faridpur Deputy Commissioner Atul Sarkar for acting in favour of BNP candidate KM Obaidul Bari in the recently held election for the chairman post of Charbhadrasan upazila.
Addressing a press conference at Jatiya Press Club, Mujibur alleged that the Faridpur DC was involved in circulating his telephone conversation with the Charbhadrasan upazila nirbahi officer after, which contained abusive language against an AC (land). He claimed the phone conversation was heavily edited.
Flanked by local Awami League leaders at the briefing, the independent MP said executive magistrates in the upazila election held on October 10 carried out a rampage created to bar voters from casting their votes in favour of the AL-backed candidate Md Kawsar and arrested many AL leaders and activists.
About the phone calls to the UNO and the AC (land), Nixon said after the arrest of one AL man on election day "for smoking", he called the AC (land) first. He told Nixon that he will look into the matter.
"But the AC (land) switched off his phone. Later I called the UNO, and said, 'Apa, one of my men was detained. He did nothing wrong, standing at the field he was just smoking. But he was detained by BGB. Please take action. That's what I told her… The rest of what's heard is not me," claimed Nixon.
"I didn't use any abusive word while talking with the UNO," he added.
He also said what has been circulated on social media [abusive words against the DC, AC (land)] was not his voice.
"It was made through heavy editing and the DC has instructed his officials to do that," said Nixon.
"Prove that it was me," he told the briefing.
Faridpur-4 MP violated electoral code; action will be taken: CEC
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda today said Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury has violated the electoral code of conduct and action will be taken in this regard as per the election law.
"If necessary, a case will be filed," he also said.
While talking to reporters at the Nirbachon Office, CEC said, "We have received a complaint [from the cabinet division on taking action against the MP]. We collected information on this matter immediately. I had a meeting with the election commissioners on the issue. We have decided on what to do which will be revealed within a day or two.
Earlier, a letter was sent to the Election Commission from the Cabinet Division seeking action against the MP.
The CEC said, "The activities carried out the MP during the election was not desirable."
"He has violated the electoral code of conduct and the provisions of actions will be taken against him as per the law," added the CEC.