12:29 PM, December 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:27 PM, December 06, 2018

Salman now faces BNP challenger

Salman F Rahman, adviser to AL president, now has a contender from BNP at Dhaka-1 constituency as Khondokar Abu Ashfaque got back his candidacy after appeal.

Salma Islam of Jatiya Party, a running MP from the seat, is also contesting for the constituency as an independent candidate after AL-led grand alliance nominated Salman.

Salman is a top businessman owning Beximco Group while Salma is the wife of another top businessman Nurul Islam Babul of Jamuna Group. 

Ashfaque's nomination paper was rejected by the returning officer during scrutiny on December 2 on the ground that he had not resigned from the post of chairman of upazila parishad.

However, the Election Commission today declared his nomination paper valid.


Election Commission has revised polls schedule, deferring the 11th general election by a week to December 30 – a decision taken on November 12.

The authorities have fixed November 28 as the deadline for filing nomination papers, December 2 for scrutiny and December 9 last date of withdrawal.

The move came following demands from several opposition political parties.


Chief Election Commissioner has said that there is a congenial atmosphere in the country – echoing the words of the ruling party.

However, major opposition alliances like the JatiyaOikyafront, which includes BNP, and the BikalpaDhara-led Juktafront have sought for delaying the schedule.

Until thus far, it seems that the coming parliamentary election will not be the “non-participatory election” that was its predecessor.

All the major political parties are gearing up to contest in the election and there has been no threats of a boycott or withdrawal unlike the last time.


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