Awami League’s nominated boat candidate for Manikganj-2 (part of Singair, Harirampur and Sadar) seat, Momtaz Begum is not with her three step sisters. Three sisters of this candidate of Awami League are supporting the strong independent candidate of his own party, Dewan Zahid Ahmed.
According to family and local sources, Awami League candidate and current member of Parliament Momtaz Begum’s father Madhu Bayati’s (deceased) first wife Monowara Begum has three children Rehena Begum, Jahanara Begum and Shahnaz Parveen. Mumtaz Begum is the child of Madhu Bayati’s second wife Ujala Begum of East Bhakum village of Jaimontap Union of Singair Upazila.
That is, those three are step sisters of Mumtaz Begum. Locals say that her three sisters have a dispute with Mumtaz over various family matters including land. For this reason, they are not with Mumtaz Begum in the upcoming 12th national parliament election.
It has been learned that around 10 o’clock on Saturday, Awami League candidate Mumtaz Begum’s home village Purb Bhakum area was organized by the followers of truck symbol independent candidate District Awami League Treasurer Zahid Ahmed Tulu. In this meeting, Awami League candidate Mumtaz’s three sisters supported him by garlanding the independent candidate’s neck.
Shahadat Hossain, the current chairman of Mumtaz Begum’s own union Joymontap Union Parishad, is also participating in the campaign of an independent candidate. In that courtyard meeting, UP Chairman Shahadat made a speech asking for votes for the independent candidate.
Resident of East Bhakum village. Under the chairmanship of Amjad Hossain Molla and the former president of Union Jubo League. Independent candidate Zahid Ahmed and Joint General Secretary of Upazila Awami League Saidul Islam addressed the meeting chaired by Manjurul Karim. In that meeting, independent candidate Zahid Ahmed expressed his gratitude to the three sisters of Mumtaz.
Mumtaz’s sister Shahnaz Begum is a reserved woman member of ward number 1, 2 and 3 of local Jaimontap UP. He said that they could not support Mumtaz Begum due to various family problems. On the other hand, they discriminated in the distribution of land and property. Because of this, they supported the sister’s opponent independent candidate in anger.
Awami League candidate Mumtaz Begum’s mobile phone was called several times on Sunday afternoon to get a statement on this matter, but she did not pick up.
General Secretary of Singair Upazila Awami League, a close follower of Mumtaz Begum. Shahidur Rahman told reporters, ‘Momtaz Begum has no sister. Independent candidate Zahid Ahmed’s relatives are also taking part in Mumtaz Begum’s election campaign. This is not an incident.’