Dhaka, Dec 30 (UNB) – A total of 57 candidates, including 49 from the Jatiya Oikyafront, boycotted Sunday’s national election, citing various irregularities, including vote rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling Awami League activists.
Almost all of them pulled out of the race halfway through voting.
Oikyafront candidates who boycotted the election are Mohammad Shahjahan (Noakhali-4), Fahim Chowdhury (Sherpur-2), Mahmudul Haque Rubel (Sherpur-3), Mia Golam Parwar (Khulna-5), Sunil Shuvo Roy (Khulna-1), Abul Kalam Azad (Khulna-6), Rafiqul Islam Bakul (Khulna-3), Azizul Bari Helal (Khulna-4), Mir Ezaz Khan (Khulna-1), Principal Iqbal Hossain (Pabna-5), Gazi Nazrul Islam (Satkhira-4), Moniruzzaman Montu (Nilphamari-2), Prof Azizul Islam (Nilphamari-3), JM Nurur Rahman (Barishal-4), Rumana Rashid Kanak Chapa (Sirajganj-1), Rumana Mahmud (Sirajganj-2), Abdul Mannan Talukder (Sirajganj-3), Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan (Sirajganj-4), Masud Rana (Bagerhat-1), MA Salam (Bagerhat-2), Abdul Wadud (Bagerhat-3), Abdul Alim (Bagerhat-4), AKM Nasir Uddin (Shariatpur-1), Shafiqur Rahman Kiron (Shariatpur-2) and M Samsuzzoha Khan (Naogaon-2), and independent candidate Salma Islam (Dhaka-1).
Other Oikyafront candidates are Hazi Amin Ur Rashid Yasin (Cumilla-6), Anwarul Azim (Cumilla-9), Abu Yusuf Md Khalilur Rahman (Joypurhat-2), BNP candidates Sarkar Shahidul Islam (Tangail-1), Samsul Alam Tofa (Tangail-2), Lutfar Rahman Khan Azad (Tangail-3), Gautam Chakraborty (Tangail-6), Abul Kalam Azad (Tangail-7), Dr Shahidul Alam (Satkhira-3), Mofikul Hasan (Jashore-1), Abu Sayeed Mohammad Sahadat Hossain (Jashore-2), TS Ayub (Jashore-4), M Wakkas (Jashore-5), Mawlana Iqbal Hossain (Pabna-5), Habibur Rahman Habib (Pabna-4), KM Anwarul Islam (Pabna-3), Golam Mohammad Siraj (Bogura-5), Masuma Momin (Bogura-3), Mosharaf Hossain (Chandpur-1), Dr Jalal Uddin (Chandpur-2), Md Harunur Rashid (Chandpur-4), Mominul Haque (Chandpur-5), Advocate Asaduzzaman (Jhenaidah-1), Motiar Rahman (Jhenaidah-3), and Saiful Islam Firoz (Jhenaidah-4).
Apart from the, Jatiya Party candidates ASM Moktadir Titas (Joypurhat-1), and Taj Mohammad Sheikh (Bogura-5); Islami Anodolan Bangladesh candidates Md Jahurul Islam (Joypurhat-1) and Abdul Naki (Joypurhat -2); independent candidates Afzal Hossain Nayan (Bogura-3), Hero Alam (Bogura-4), and renegade AL candidate Kamrul Hasan Bari (Jashore-5) also boycotted the polls.