Former BNP leaders defy party decision, join elections: 33 expelled members and 5 former MPs contesting independently

Former BNP leaders defy party decision, join elections: 33 expelled members and 5 former MPs contesting independently

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Four former ousted BNP leaders are contesting as independent candidates from four constituencies in Bogura, considered the BNP’s heartland. Among them, former BNP National Executive Committee member Ziaul Haq Mollah is contesting from Bogura-4 constituency.

Speaking regarding his candidacy he told Prothom Alo, “The party did not value me. I was tagged a reformist and was denied nomination. Since I have no place in the party, I became an independent candidate considering my political future. I have no plans to join any party.

Ziaul Haq’s father Azizul Haq was MP from Molla Bogura-4 constituency. After his death in 1994, Ziaul was elected MP from that constituency in a by-election. Later, he was elected MP twice in 1996 on 15 February and 12 January and once again in 2001 in the 8th national parliamentary election as a BNP candidate from Bogura-4 constituency.

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