'Retain Patuakhali-1,Barguna-3 constituencies'
Local people including political leaders have protested the proposed delimitation of Patuakhali-1 and Barguna-3 constituencies. Patuakhali-1 now comprises Patuakhali Sadar, Mirjagonj and Dumki upazials and Barguna-3 comprises Amtali and Taltali upazilas.
The Election Commission (EC) on April 29 unveiled a draft delimitation of 133 constituencies in the country, along with Patuakhali-1 and Barguna-3.
As per the proposed delimitation, Dumki upazila has been deleted from Patuakhali-1 and added to Patuakhali-2 (Baufal) constituency.
On the other hand, Barguna-3 constituency has been abolished and the area has been added to Baguna-1 (Barguna Sadar).
With abolition of Barguna-3, Barguna district will have two constituencies instead of three earlier.
Local elite in Dumki at a press conference in Patuakhali on Thursday demanded retention of the present area of Patuakhali-1 constituency.
HM Anwar Hossain, president of Dumki Press Club, read out a written statement at the conference, also addressed by Patuakhali district Jatiya Party secretary Md Zafor Ullah, former chairman of Angaria Union Parishad (UP) Abul Hossain Abu Mia, former chairman of Labukhali UP Anwar Hossain Howlader, Dumki traders association president Abdus Salam and Abul Kalam Azad.
They said Dumki upazial was created in 1998 by taking areas from Patuakhali Sadar uapzila.
The speakers said they will submit a written objection to EC regarding this.
Over 100 members of local elite including former lawmaker and political leaders in a written statement on Wednesday demanded that the Barguna-3 constituency be retained. Signatories to the statement included former lawmakers Mofiz Uddin Talukder and Abdul Mojid Mollik, Awami League (AL) leader Golam Sarwar Forkan, BNP leader advocate Mohsin, Amtali municipality chairman Nazmul Ahsan Nannu, advocate MA Qader Mia, advocate Mostafizur Rahman Babul, Nurul Islam Sanu and Mokbul Ahmed Khan.