Internal rivalry clouds prospects of alliances
Internal rivalry and nomination aggrieved aspirants may put AL-led grand alliance and BNP-led 4-party alliance candidates in troubles in five, out of 16 constituencies, in Chittagong.
The constituencies are Chittagong-4 (Hathazari and CCC ward no 1 & 2), Chittagong-8 (Kotoali), Chittagong-9 (Double Mooring-Pahartali), Chittagong-10 (Bandar-Patenga) and Chittagong-16 (off-shore island of Sandwip).
In Chittagong -4, Syed Wahidul Alam is contesting as 4-party alliance candidate with a hope for fourth consecutive victory while Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) leader Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud is vying for the seat as AL-led grand alliance.
But BNP men loyal to nomination aggrieved SM Fazlul Haq appear reluctant to work for Wahid till date.
In Chittagong- 8 (Kotoali), AL reject Shamsul Alam won BNP-led 4-party alliance ticket to fight against AL nominee and grand alliance candidate Nurul Islam. Denial of AL nomination to Shamsul also disappointed Chittagong city AL President and CCC Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury. So Shamsul is believed to have blessing of Mohiuddin to get an upper hand over Nurul Islam, said the party sources.
A triangular fight is expected among BNP stalwart Abdullah Al Noman, AL nominee Dr Afsarul Amin and independent candidate Manjur Alam Manju in Chittagong-9 where Morshed Murad Ibrahim of JP (Ershad) is contesting as the grand alliance candidate.
In Chittagong-10, newly elected Chittagong chamber President MA Latif is contesting as grand alliance candidate against former BNP minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury. As Latif got the AL ticket replacing city AL leader Khorshed Alam Sujan, it is feared that AL men may not support him. Instead, they may work for AL leader and CCC Ward Commissioner Jahangir Alam, who is an independent candidate in this constituency.
Grand alliance candidate is feared to witness the strongest internal rivalry in Chittagong 16 where AL nomination aggrieved Mahfuzur Rahman Mita, son of late AL lawmaker Mostafizur Rahman, is contesting as an independent candidate against AL nominated grand alliance candidate Dr Jamal Uddin Ahmed and 4-party alliance candidate Mostafa Kamal Pasha.