Vigorous campaigning is going on for the 12th National Assembly elections. This time several state ministers are going to face strong competition from independent candidates of their own party. They are not relieved even if they get the nomination for the boat symbol. Most of the constituencies have the appearance of a bone-to-neck fight.
Current MP and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam is the candidate of boat for the fourth time in Rajshahi-6 constituency. 5 more candidates are fighting for this seat. Although Awami League leader Raihanul Haque is an independent candidate, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs is not worried about winning.
Boat’s candidate for Natore-3 constituency is three-time MP Information and Communications Minister Junaid Ahmed Palak. Upazila Chairman Shafiqul Islam Shafiq, who is fighting for the election in the eagle symbol, is his strong rival. Development in the area is popular with voters. However, Shafiq can get the votes of the underprivileged section of the party.
Boat candidate for Dinajpur-2 constituency is State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury. As there is no independent candidate of Awami League in this seat, the electoral battle may be easy for him. Independent Anwar Chowdhury Jiban is contesting in this seat.
Boat’s candidate for Dhaka-3 Constituency is three-time Member of Parliament Power, Energy and Mineral Resources State Minister Nasrul Hamid. There are three other candidates in this seat but Nasrul Hamid is ahead in the polls.
Two former MPs of the party are challenging Boat’s candidate for Meherpur-1 constituency Public Administration State Minister Farhad Hossain. As independent candidates Professor Abdul Mannan and Zainal Abedin are in the polling field, there is a glimpse of a tough fight in this seat.