Over 200 BNP men, led by Joint Secretary of Sirajganj's Belkuchi upazila unit BNP Md Mizanur Rahman, joined Awami League (AL) on Saturday following an internal conflict in the party.
AL leaders welcomed the newcomers as they strengthened the party's election field.
Mizan and his men joined the election campaigning meeting of AL candidate Abdul Momin Mondol of Sirajganj-5 constituency.
The meeting was held at the Belkuchi upazila unit AL office on Saturday evening, marking Mizan's joining the AL.
Mizan presented the AL aspirant with a bouquet of flowers on the occasion.
“The development work of the AL inspired me to join AL,” Mizan told the AL leaders on the occasion, saying he will work for 'boat' symbol.
President of Belkuchi upazila unit AL Eusuf Z Khan chaired the programme while the AL aspirant Abdul Momin Mondol, AL leader Gazi Saidur Rahman and Belkuchi Upazila Parishad Chairman Mohammed Ali Akand spoke on the occasion.
They asked the party men to stay united for victory of the AL nominated candidate.
Mizan appreciated the development work of the AL government, so he was inspired to join AL, said Akand, also organising secretary of Belkuchi upazila unit AL.
“Mizan has good organising capacity so we are hopeful that he will perform his best while supporting the AL candidate in the constituency,” he added.
BNP aspirant Md Abdul Alim and his rival BNP leader Rakibul Alam Khan Pappu had a longstanding dispute over getting party nomination. Most supporters of Pappu became silent after Alim got the party nomination.
In the wake of the new development, BNP leaders directed the party men to settle all kinds of internal feuds among them to work for the party nominated candidates.
Md Saidur Rahman Bachhu, secretary of Sirajganj district unit BNP, said party men have been asked to settle internal conflicts for the sake of election.
“After getting party nomination we asked Pappu to work for the BNP nominated candidate and he is in the election campaign. I do not know why Mizan left the party and joined AL. It is a personal matter, I think,” Bachhu said.