7 leaders including former MP-ministers are not relieved even though the party and symbols have changed. Among them are politicians like Anwar Hossain Manju, Shahjahan Omar, Hasanul Haque Inu, Rashed Khan Menon. Even if the candidates of the boats withdraw in those seats, they will have to fight hard with the independent candidates of Awami League to win.
Shahjahan Omar, who joined Awami League directly from BNP, is the most talked about. The former minister and four-time MP is voting for boat marks from Jhalkathi-1 seat. If he does not get the support of BNP voters in this seat, he will have to take a strong challenge from Awami League’s independent candidate Moniruzzaman.
In Pirojpur-2 constituency, another former minister and seven-time MP Jatiya Party (JP) chairman Anwar Hossain Manju is the first to vote with a boat after keeping his party symbol bicycle. There he will have to challenge the ruling party’s independent candidate Mohiuddin Maharaj.
Former Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inoo, Jasad president, is in trouble in Kushtia-2. Although he has been voting with a boat since 2008, he has to face the local Awami League leader and independent candidate Kamarul Arefin.
After 28 years, Workers Party president and former minister Rashed Khan Menon is casting his hammer from his home area Barisal. In 1979 and 1991, he was MP from Barisal-3 seat, but now he is standing in Barisal-2 seat. He became MP in 2008, 2014 and 2018 from Dhaka-8 Constituency. This time his rival is music artist Nakul Kumar Biswas.
Workers Party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha is voting by boat from Rajshahi-2 constituency, Jasd leader AKM Rezaul Karim Tansen and Mosharraf Hossain are voting by boat from Bogra-4 and Laxmipur-4 constituency. Even if the Awami League candidate withdraws, they will have to fight with the independent candidates.