Four BNP-backed candidates, who filed their nominations for chairman posts in different upazilas in the upcoming upazila parishad election, withdrew their candidacies yesterday, terming the election environment not suitable for their party men.
The announcement came at a press conference at Dinajpur Press Club where Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury, chairman aspirant of Kaharol upazila, Bazlur Rashid of Biral upazila, Mokarram Hossain of Sadar upazila and Rezwanur Rahman of Birganj upazila were present.
They submitted their withdrawal letters to the district election office in the afternoon, Mamunur said.
Police are harassing the BNP men by filing false cases against them which is hindering their election campaign, Mamunur alleged, adding that, “The environment here is not in favour of holding a free and fair election.”
Meanwhile, three ruling Awami Legaue chairman candidates in Ghoraghat, Parbatipur and Hakimpur upazilas are set to be elected unopposed in the upcoming elections, District Election Officer Mahmud Hasan said.
They are Khandakar Shahan Shah in Ghoraghat, Hafizul Islam Pramanik in Parbatipur and Harunur Rashid in Hakimpur upazila.
Election to 13 Dinajpur upazilas is scheduled for March 18.