Manikganj-2: AL-backed Momtaz Begum faces odds | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 21, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:35 AM, December 21, 2018

Manikganj-2: AL-backed Momtaz Begum faces odds

2 more grand alliance candidates taking part in the polls

Awami League (AL)-backed candidate, also the incumbent lawmaker, for Manikganj-2 constituency (Singair, Harirampur and three unions of Sadar upazilas) Momtaz Begum has been facing a odd situation as two more AL-led grand alliance aspirants are also vying for the MP post in the December 30 general elections.

Alongside AL, Jatiya Party and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh nominated two important candidates there.

Meanwhile, the grand alliance activists and supporters are witnessing a weird situation as the alliance has three candidates this time with JP's SM Abdul Mannan and Bikalpa Dhara's Golam Sarwar Milon.

Local voters think BNP-backed Engineer Mainul Islam Khan Shanta is in a good position now as he is the lone candidate of Jatiya Oikyafront.

Election officials said the constituency, comprising Singair, Harirampur and three unions of Sadar upazilas, has four lakh six thousand and 161 voters.

JP Presidium member, also district unit president, SM Abdul Mannan was elected MP with the grand alliance ticket in the 2008 election while renowned singer Mamtaz was selected MP from the reserved seats for women.

Momtaz was later elected unopposed as the lawmaker from the constituency in the 2014 elections.

Jatiya Oikyafont nominated BNP-backed candidate Mainul Islam, also general secretary of district unit BNP, was elected lawmaker in the 2003 by-elections, following the death of his father Shamsul Islam Khan Naya Mia.

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