Trinamool BNP will be the main opposition party in an election without BNP—the chairperson and general secretary of the newly registered party said this several times before the vote. The Trinamool BNP, known as the ‘King’s Party’, also provided the third highest candidate in the election. However, none of the party’s 135 candidates could stand in the polls. Almost all the candidates of the party that does not win any seat may forfeit their security.
The same is the case with another newly registered party Bangladesh Nationalist Movement (BNM). BNM candidates could not win any of the 53 constituencies. The unofficially announced results show that the candidates of Trinamool BNP and BNM could not create even the slightest competition; Rather, the top leaders of the party under discussion have also been caught by a large margin.
There was an attempt to bring several leaders of BNP on behalf of Trinamool BNP and BNM in the 12th parliamentary elections. But that attempt was not successful. As a result, the importance of both parties to the government also decreases. In the end, BNM and Trinamool BNP did not get any seats concession from Awami League. Leaders of both the parties said they received assurances. That is, Awami League will help their candidates to win in two seats.
His daughter Antara Hooda was acting chairman of Trinamool BNP founded by late minister Nazmul Hooda. BNP’s former vice chairman Shamser Mubin Chowdhury, who turned bureaucrat and became a politician, became the president at the party’s first convention on September 19 after removing him. Before coming to the grassroots, he was in the alternative movement. In this election, he contested from Sylhet-6 seat.
Awami League’s candidate for Sylhet-6 constituency is former minister Nurul Islam Nahid. From the beginning of the campaign, local Awami League leaders and workers were pressured to leave their party’s candidate’s side, according to related sources. However, the current Member of Parliament Nurul Islam Nahid has been re-elected. Shamser Mubin Chowdhury of Sonali Ansh Prateik came third by getting 10 thousand 936 votes.
Trinamool BNP Secretary General Taimur Alam Khandkar has repeatedly said that Trinamool BNP will be the main opposition party during the nomination papers sale and election campaign. Former advisor to BNP Chairperson (expelled during Narayanganj City Elections in 2022) Taimur Alam Khandkar himself contested in Narayanganj-1 (Rupganj) constituency.
Taimur Alam Khandkar, who came into the discussion with various statements, lost by a huge margin. He got only 3 thousand 190 votes. Taimur Alam claimed himself as a strong candidate from the beginning, but currently he is in danger of losing his security. Textile and jute minister Golam Dastgir Gazi, Awami League’s candidate with the boat symbol, has won this seat for the fourth time. He was elected privately by getting 1 lakh 56 thousand 483 votes.
Trinamool BNP fielded candidates in 135 seats across the country. Almost all the party’s candidates are facing forfeiture of security. Several candidates of the party got less than 100 votes. For example, the party’s candidate Abdul Khalek Sarkar got 72 votes in Natore-4 seat.
Trinamool BNP chairman and general secretary were contacted on the mobile phones to talk about the results of party candidates in the polls. The mobile numbers of both were found to be switched off. The convenor of the party’s 12th National Assembly election management committee and the vice chairman of the party, Salam Mahmud, was also contacted. He didn’t pick up the phone.
BNMO wanted to be the opposition party
Leaders of BNM, another newly registered party, also expressed their hope of becoming the opposition party this time. However, the party’s candidates could not win even one of the 56 seats. Almost all the candidates of this party are in fear of losing their security.
Acting Chairman of BNM Shah Md. Abu Zafar is a candidate for Faridpur-1 (Madhukhali, Boalmari and Alfadanga) constituencies. Abdur Rahman is the candidate of Awami League and a member of the presidium of the party.
A favorable environment was created for Shah Zafar by keeping all the candidates. However, Shah Abu Zafar did not get along with the boat candidate Abdur Rahman. He finished third as the vote-getter.
On December 2, BNM Secretary General Md. Shahjahan said, “I will go to the opposition party for the first time.”
Md. Shahjahan became a candidate for Chandpur-4 (Faridganj) constituency. He got 1 thousand 74 votes. He came fourth in the polls.
BNM Senior Joint Secretary General SM Ajmal Hossain told Prothom Alo about the results of the party’s candidates that the party’s Acting Chairman and Secretary General did not communicate with the candidates. Candidates of various constituencies have expressed their anger and frustration to other leaders. Being helpless, some candidates left the field before the election.