Chowdhury vs Chowdhury may mark Sherpur-2
A tough contest is expected in the coming election between Awami League's Matia Chowdhury and BNP nomination aspirant former whip Jahed Ali Chowdhury in Sherpur-2 (Nakla-Nalitabari) constituency.
AL presidium member and former agriculture minister Matia has already submitted her nomination paper in this constituency.
In 1991 and 1996 Jatiya Sangsad elections, Matia won the seat.
Jahed, who won the seat in 2001 election, is awaiting nomination.
Party sources said Jahed's nomination is almost certain.
After the promulgation of the state of emergency, Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) filed on July 3 a corruption case with Nakla Police Station against Jahed on charges of earning Tk 1.30 crore illegally beyond his known income.
Police sources said the case is now under investigation.
Besides, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has also filed a tax evasion case against him.
Apart from Jahed, former secretary Barrister Mohammad Haider Ali and Islami Bank's Central Shariah Board Chairman Maulana Mukhlesur Rahman are also nomination aspirants from the four-party alliance.
Mukhlesur collected his nomination paper from the Election Commission secretariat on November 6.
He has already begun his mass contact programme in the area and inaugurated four mosques constructed with foreign donation in his constituency recently.
Haider's close sources said he may not be able to run the polls on technical ground.
In Sherpur-3 constituency, Sreebordi upazila Awami League Vice- president Engineer Fazlul Haque Chan has got party nomination for the ensuing Jatiya Sangsad election.
But former MP Khandaker Md Khurram is opposing Chan's nomination claiming that the grassroots leaders and workers of the party support him.
Khurram also submitted his nomination paper on November 23.
In this seat, BNP's probable candidate is Sherpur district BNP General Secretary Md Mahmudul Haque Rubel who is also a nephew of Awami League candidate Chan.
Awami League (AL) could not win the seat for 21 years from 1975.
In 1996 election, AL candidate late MA Bari won the seat, but in 2001 election he was defeated by BNP's young candidate Md Mahmudul Haque Rubel, son of former MP late Dr Serajul Haque.