RAJSHAHI, As the upcoming 11th parliamentary election is knocking the door, campaign in greater Rajshahi has got a peak at present like other parts of the country.
Most of the contestants and the heavyweights in particular have engaged
all strengths to drum up support for them in all 19 constituencies of
Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore and Chapainawabganj districts.
The heavyweight aspirants are: Minister for Jute and Textile Emaj Uddin
Pramanik, MP, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, State
Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Polok, MP, Fazely Hossain Badsha, MP, Omor
Faruque Chowdhury, MP, and Engineer Enamul Haque, MP, from Awami League and
Barrister Aminul Haque, Mijanur Rahman Minu and Alamgir Kabir from BNP.
Flanked by a large number of leaders and workers, the contestants are seen
meeting voters and different professional bodies seeking their support
throughout the day braving fog as well as cold wave. All the electioneering
areas got a new look with numerous posters, banners and festoons.
Side by side with male workers, the presence of female workers in the
election campaign is significant this time as scores of women are taking part
in the ongoing electioneering.
Many of the voters said main competition is likely to be taken place
between the candidates of Bangladesh Awami League and BNP in all the
Majority people opined during voting the voters will consider various
positive issues of the present government including dynamic leadership of
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and development achievements in last ten years.
College teacher Harunur Rashid advocated for a free, fair and peaceful
election. He added that the upcoming election will be inclusive and
participatory which is good sign for the country's democracy.
In Rajshahi district, there are six constituencies having 19,42,562 voters
including 9,74,853 females. A total of 25 candidates are vying for all the
constituencies. There are four candidates in Rajshahi1 (GodagariTanore)
But, the issue of main competition between incumbent AL MP Omor Faruque
Chowdhury and BNP candidate Barrister Aminul Haque is being discussed widely.
In Rajshshi 2 (Rajshahi city), four candidates including incumbent MP
Fazley Hossain Badsha and BNP candidate Mijanur Rahman Minu are fielding
Five candidates are in the election race of Rajshahi3 (PabaMohanpur)
constituency. However, main fight is likely to be taken place between
incumbent AL MP Ayen Uddin and BNP candidate Advocate Shafiqul Haque Milon.
In Rajshahi4 (Bagmara) constituency, three candidates including AL
incumbent MP Engineer Enamul Haque and BNP candidate Abu Hena are contesting
in the election.
There are five candidates including Awami League's Dr Monsur Rahman and
BNP's Nazrul Islam in the election race of Rajshahi5 (DurgapurPuthiya)
constituency. Main fight is likely to be taken place between the AL and BNP
In Rajshahi6 (CharghatBagha) constituency, three candidates including AL
incumbent MP and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam are in the
final election race.
A total of sixteen candidates are struggling for four constituencies in
Natore district having 13,03,877 voters including 6,50,370 females. In
Natore1 (LalpurBagatipara) constituency, Shahiddul Islam Bakul from Awami
League and Kamrunnahar Shirin from BNP are contesting as vital candidates.
Shafiqul Islam Shimul, MP, from Awami League and Shabina Yeasmin Chhabi
from BNP are the main contestants for Natore2 (SadarNoldanga) constituency.
In Natore3 (Shingra) constituency, Zunaid Ahmed Polok, MP, from Awami League
and Daudar Mazunder from BNP are vying for the seat.
Professor Abdul Quddus, MP, and Abdul Aziz are contesting for Natore4
(GurudaspurBoraigram) constituency as major candidates from Awami League and
There are twentynine candidates in six constituencies of Naogaon district
having 20,02,736 voters including 10,07,513 females.
In Naogaon1 (ShapaharPorshaNiamatpur) constituency, Sadhan Chandra
Mazumder, MP, and Mustafizur Rahman are contesting from Awami League and BNP
respectively among five candidates.
A total of five candidates including Awami League's Shahiduzzaman Sarker,
MP, and BNP's Shamsuzzoha Khan are contesting for Naogaon2 (Patnitala
There are six candidates in Naogaon 3 (MohadevpurBadalgachhi)
constituency. Of them, Salim Uddin Tarafder Selim, MP, and Arefin Parvej from
Awami Leaague and BNP respectively are the vital candidates.
Minister for Jute and Textile Emaj Uddin Pramanik, MP, from Awami League
and Shamsul Alam Pramanik from BNP are contesting in Naogaon4 (Manda)
constituency as heavyweight candidates among five others.
A total of three candidates including Barrister Nizam Uddin Jalil Jon from
Awami League and Jaidul Islam from BNP are vying for Naogaon5 (Sadar)
Among there aspirants, incumbent Awami League MP Israfil Alam and BNP's
Alamgir Kabir are contesting for Naogaon6 (RaninagarAtrai) constituency as
A total of thirteen candidates are contesting for three constituencies in
Chapainawabganj district having 11,75,303 voters.
In Chapainawabganj1 (Shibgonj) constituency, four candidates including Dr
Shamil Uddin Ahmed Shimul from Awami League and Prof Shahjahan from BNP are
contesting as vital contenders.
There are three candidates in Chapainawabganj2 (NacholeVolahat and
Rohanpur) constituency. Of them, Ziaur Rahman and Aminul Islam from Awami
Leauge and BNP respectively are the major candidates.
Abdul Wadud from Awami League and HarunOrRashid from BNP are contesting
in Chapainawabganj3 (Sadar) are contesting as significant candidates.
Divisional Commissioner NurUrRahman said peaceful atmosphere is
He added that all the onduty agencies concerned including election
officers, executive magistrates, judicial officials and members of various
law enforcing agencies are working relentlessly to make the election free,
fair, peaceful and acceptable.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)