Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam has been condemned for publicly threatening a UP chairman of his constituency and violating the electoral code of conduct.
Rajshahi-6 (Bagha-Charghat) Constituency Election Inquiry Committee Chairman and Sadar Senior Assistant Judge Sefatullah has sent a condolence notice to him on Thursday. The show cause notice asked Shahriar Alam to respond in person or by sending his representative.
Shahriar Alam is MP for three consecutive terms. He is also the nominated candidate of Awami League in the upcoming 12th national election.
In a shock notice, the Election Investigation Committee mentioned that on December 2, during an extended meeting of the Awami League at the Farhad Alauddin school ground of Shahriar Alam Charghat Upazila, the rival candidate Raihanul Haque’s staff member Merajul Islam alias Meraj called the chairman a “kulanger”. He ordered his followers to see him after December 17. Apart from this, Shahriar Alam held an election meeting despite the provision not to hold any kind of campaign meeting before the allocation of symbols on December 18. In this he has violated Section 6 (c) and Rule-11 (a) and 12 of the existing Election Act of 2008. These allegations are known as pre-election irregularities.
Earlier on Wednesday, Chairman of Pakuria UP of Bagha Upazila Merajul Islam Meraj filed a written complaint against Shahriar Alam to Rajshahi Returning Officer and District Commissioner Shamim Ahmed. Merajul is the former General Secretary of Rajshahi District Chhatra League. He is working for the independent candidate of this seat veteran Awami League leader Rahenul Haque.
Shamim Ahmed, Returning Officer and Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi said, “In view of the complaint, the chairman of the election inquiry committee of that constituency has expressed grief. Further legal action will be taken if the response is received.’