JP hopeful in most UZ seats in greater Rangpur
Upazila chairman candidates with political background have emerged as the main competitors in today's polls in all 35 upazilas under Rangpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, and Nilphamari districts.
Election observers said the major competition will be between the leaders of Jatiya Party and Awami League in most of the upazilas in Rangpur region while candidates from BNP would compete with candidates from either JP or AL in a few upazilas.
Party internal feud in regard to several candidates has created difficulty for Awami League leaders in at least 10 upazilas in the region, they said.
“Voters would have to choose candidates with political background in the region because non-political persons could not show up their fitness as public figures,” said Dr Rezaul Hoque, Former principal of Rangpur Carmichael College.
Prof Mozammel Hoque, former principal of the same college, observed that non-political persons who have qualities, patriotism and honesty have hardly taken part in the upazila polls.
In Baderganj upazila under Rangpur district two AL leaders -- Duke Choudhury and Bishawnath Bitu, in Mithapukur AL leaders Motahar Hosen Mowla and Zakir Hosen, in Rangpur Sadar AL leaders Mochaddeque Hosen Bablu and Ataur Zaman Babu are in the race for chairmanship.
In Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila two AL leaders -- former secretary of the district unit Bhola Patwari and incumbent secretary Motiar Rahman -- are in the race for chairmanship.
In Kurigram Sadar, AL leaders Abdul Karim Modhu and Monju Mondol, in Nageshawri AL leaders Aslam Saodagor, Birbal Hosen and Mozammel Hoque Pradhani, in Rajarhat upazila AL leaders Jahid Sarwardi Bappi, Abu Noor and Yunus Ali and in Fulbari upazila AL leaders Golam Rabbani and Sahadat Hosen are in the race for chairmanship.
District unit committees of the party issued letters of warning in a bid to prevent a few AL leaders from contesting the polls but no one withdrew their candidature.
An AL central committee leader preferring anonymity said he thinks hardly 10 to 12 chairman candidates from AL might win the chairman posts in the region.
He said as the AL supporters were divided, candidates from JP would take lead in today's polls in 15 to 20 upazilas in Rangpur region.
JP Presidium Member Karim Uddin Varosha expressed hope that candidates from JP would win in at least 30 upazilas in the five districts.
“People will elect Jatiya Party leaders because upazila parishad system was introduced during the rule of party chairman Ershad,” he said.