More changes in 4-party nominations
In the wake of severe criticism of nomination decisions, the BNP yesterday made several changes to party nominations for the December 29 general election.
The party high-ups brought back some of its candidates who had been dropped from the nomination list.
Party insiders said BNP has settled the issue of seat sharing with Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component of the BNP-led four-party alliance, by giving the party 34 seats. BNP is also thinking of leaving Dhaka-8 seat for Jamaat.
Besides, BNP last night agreed to give its ally Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) another seat (Madaripur-1) raising the number of seats given to the party to four.
Dewan Salahuddin has been given party ticket in place of Khandaker Abdul Hamid Dablu (Dhaka-19) while Dr Matiur Rahman got party ticket in place of Sabera Aman (Dhaka-2).
Sahabuddin has been brought back to contest for Dhaka-11. Earlier, MA Hashem was given nomination for that constituency. Barrister Ziaur Rahman Khan has also been brought back to contest for Dhaka-20.
Those who were given party ticket include Prof Rezaul Karim for Narayanganj-2, Shah Alam for Narayanganj-5, Mushfiqur Rahman for Brahmanbaria-4, Abul Khayer Bhuiyan for Laxmipur-1, Masud Arun for Meherpur-1, Abdul Gafur Bhuiyan for Comilla-10, Joynul Abedin for Noakhali-2, Kazi Anwar Hossain for Brahmanbaria-5, Abdul Qaiyum Mandal for Rangpur-3, Engineer Monirul Haq for Chandpur-5 and Lion Hannan for Chandpur-4.