Voters enthused with Kuri Siddiqui's campaign | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 18, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 18, 2018

Tangail-8 Constitutency

Voters enthused with Kuri Siddiqui's campaign

Voters, especially female voters, are showing their interest over Kuri Siddiqui, Jatiya Oikyafront candidate from Tangail-8 (Sakhipur-Basail) constituency, in the national elections.

Kuri got nomination from the alliance after nomination paper of her father Abdul Kader Siddiqui, president of Krishak Sramik Janata League, was cancelled on loan default charges.

Four other candidates of the constituency are Joaherul Islam Joaher (Awami League), Kazi Ashraf Siddiqui (Jatiya Party-Ershad), Abdul Latif (Islami Andalon) and Shofi Sarkar (NPP).

"My father (Kader Siddiqui) saved honour of mothers and sisters of our country while taking part in the 1971 Liberation War. He was in India for 16 years as he protested the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman," Kuri said.

"However, he (Kader) cannot take part in this election due to the conspiracy of the present government. If the local voters elected me in the election of December 30, it would be a protest against the conspiracy," she added.

In 1991, Kader Siddique first took part in the national elections from the constituency from prison as AL candidate and lost to the BNP candidate Humayun Khan Panni.

Kader as AL candidate in 1996 won the election from the constituency defeating BNP candidate Qamruzzaman Khan.

Kader, however, resigned from the parliament in 1999 after AL expelled him from the party following his dispute with the party President Sheikh Hasina. Kader later formed his own party Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) and took part in the by-polls but lost to the AL candidate Shawkat Momen Shajahan.

Kader as KSJL candidate won the election in 2001 defeating AL candidate Abdus Salam Khan.

Kader as KSJL candidate was defeated by AL candidate Shawkat Momen Shajahan in the election in 2008.

Shawkat Momen Shajahan also won the election in 2014 uncontested. After death of Shajahan, his son Anupom Shajahan Joy was elected in the by-polls defeating independent (rebel AL) candidate Abdul Malek Miah.

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