MP Ushatan Talukdar independent candidate in Rangamati | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 19, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 19, 2018

MP Ushatan Talukdar independent candidate in Rangamati

Ushatan Talukdar, the incumbent lawmaker of Rangamati, is contesting the upcoming polls as an independent candidate with the electoral symbol 'lion'.

Ushatan, also vice-president of Parbatya Chattogram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), is the only candidate in Rangamati who has support from an ethnic party.

As leader of a regional political party, his manifesto also reflects some crucial demands of the hill people. 

In his 10-point manifesto, announced on Saturday, Ushatan pledged to take a strong stand for full implementation of the Peace Accord of 1997, the most important demand of the ethnic people of Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT).

The manifesto says that, in spite of the Awami League (AL) government's promise, the peace accord is not being implemented fully and the CHT Regional Council Act and the three Hill District Councils Acts are still ineffective. 

As the CHT Land Commission Act is not settled, insecurity and concern prevail among the ethnic people, the manifesto further says.

The manifesto also includes establishment of balanced and environment-friendly development, health care in remote areas, favourable ambiance for businesses, initiatives to build a society free from communalism, fundamentalism and corruption, and special initiatives to stop violence against women.  

A three-way ballot battle is expected in this constituency as the other candidates -- Dipankar Takuldar of AL and Moni Swapan Dewan of Bangladesh Nationalist Party -- are veteran politicians and from the ethnic community. 

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