Desperate to retain 4 seats of Cox’s Bazar, League, BNP wants restoration

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Mohammad Aman Ullah

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The upcoming 12th National Assembly elections are only a few months away. The election wind is blowing around the four constituencies of Cox’s Bazar district, the longest beach in the world. Various speculations have started regarding the election with potential candidates. The discussion between the common people and the party leaders is coming out from which party is the candidate. Apart from the big political parties, the local voters are calculating who is more likely to win the seat. Besides, the race has started among the candidates who will be candidates in the upcoming national elections. Dozens of leaders from Awami League, BNP, Jamaat and Jatiya Party are plowing the electoral field in Elksha. In view of the upcoming parliamentary elections, potential candidates in four constituencies of Cox’s Bazar are continuing their election campaigns with extensive mass communication around the voters of their respective areas in 4 municipalities and 71 unions. Going door-to-door to the voters asking for support for the party symbol, they also inform about the plans of their respective parties for the development of the area if elected. It is seat number 297. The total number of voters in Cox’s Bazar-4 Constituency, which consists of two upazila cities in the southernmost part of the country, is more than three lakhs. Voters identified this constituency as a lucky constituency after seeing the election and government formation system held in 1991. Because every time the party forms the government – the leader of that party who gets the ticket from Ukhia-Teknaf constituency is elected MP. Because of this there is a belief among the voters of this constituency that this is the Lakshmi seat for government formation. BNP party candidate Shahjahan Chowdhury was elected in 1991 and 2001. And BNP came to power both times. Professor Mohammad Ali of Awami League in 1996 and Abdur Rahman Badi, candidate of Awami League in 2009 and 2014, were elected as MPs. MP Badi’s wife Shaheen Akhtar Badi was elected MP in 2018. At that time, Awami League has been in power for four times and has been running the country. As such, this seat of Cox’s Bazar (Ukhia-Teknaf) is called the lucky seat. Apart from the government assistance, among the locals living in the remote areas of Teknaf, including St. Martin, affected by cyclone Mokha, former member of parliament Abdur Rahman Badi personally and through his supporters donated lungis, sarees, shirts, pajamas-Panjabi, Semai distributed sugar and cash. Later, besides increasing communication with the leaders and activists of various social organizations, he has been meeting with party workers, upazila-union and ward committee. Leaders of political parties including Awami League, Jatiya Party and Jamaat-e-Islami as well as AB Party and even independent potential candidates have promised the development of the area. has started.
By seeing the activities of the party leaders to continue the election campaign, the mood of voting is also being noticed among the general voters. In the 4 seats of the district, the potential candidates are informing about their participation through party, personal or meeting-seminars and political activities. Like the conscious voters of the area, checking the good and bad reports of the potential candidates and considering the various aspects of the voters’ interest, former member of Parliament Abdur If Rahman Badi or his wife nominates current MP Shaheen Akhter as a candidate, then there is a high possibility that boat candidate will win in the upcoming national elections as well. It is known that former MP Abdur Rahman Badi is trying hard to get the party nomination as a candidate acceptable to the voters in this seat. On the other hand, if BNP participates in the polls, then former MP Shahjahan Chowdhury will get the party nomination in this seat as a candidate of the alliance, it is known that it is certain. . Former Chairman of Ukhia Upazila Parishad and former Secretary of District Jamaat Advocate Shahjalal Chowdhury and Noor Ahmad Anwari are candidates for this seat, various sources said. Note that in 4 seats of the district Jasd, Basad, CPB, Samyavadi, 11 Dal, AB Party, Islami Oikyajot, Khilafat Majlish , LDP, Kalyan Party, Alternative Dhara and many other political parties, it is not yet certain which candidate will contest the election. The names of the main candidates of these parties are still not heard. Earlier, Cox’s Bazar-4 constituency i.e. Ukhia Teknaf was known as the base of BNP-Jamaat, but since Abdur Rahman Badi became the MP, it has become known as the stronghold of the ruling Awami League. Lucky has a tradition of the party winning the seat forming the government. Although there are many candidates in this seat, Abdur Rahman Badi has a strong position and public support. According to the news received from various sources, as the date of the election is approaching, the interested candidates are seen running in various ways. About half a dozen nomination aspirants have started campaigning for the Awami League nomination. Former member of parliament Abdur Rahman Badi, current member of parliament Shahin Akhtar Chowdhury, general secretary of Teknaf Upazila Awami League and former member of parliament Md. Ali’s son Mahbub Morshed, District Jubo League President Sohail Ahmad Bahadur, Ukhia Upazila Awami League President Jahangir Kabir Chowdhury, Teknaf Upazila Awami League President Nurul Bashar and former Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam. On the other hand, there are several candidates in the list of BNP nominees for this seat. Among them, Cox’s Bazar District BNP President and former Member of Parliament Shahjahan Chowdhury, District BNP Finance Secretary Md Abdullah and Shahjahan Chowdhury’s younger brother and Ukhia Upazila BNP President Sarwar Jahan Chowdhury may seek nomination. Central leader Prof. Nurul Amin Sikdar is a candidate for nomination from the opposition Jatiya Party in Parliament. Bhutto. Besides, former upazila chairman Shahjalal Chowdhury, former Amir Muhammad Shahjahan of Jamaat, journalist Shamsul Haque Sharek and chairman of Teknaf Upazila Hoikung Union Amir Noor Ahmad Anwari can also seek nomination from AB Party.

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