Monjur Ahmed, Sylhet Correspondent bdnews24.com
Published: 2018-11-29 21:45:32 BdST
The two candidates for the constituency agreed during the meeting on Thursday that the political harmony in the area should not be upset centring the election.
All the parties whose candidates won the seat consisted of Sylhet City and parts of Sadar Upazila also won the parliamentary elections in the past making it a ‘decisive VIP seat’.
But both the Awami League-led Grand Alliance and the BNP’s coalitions had not been giving any clue to their nominees for the seat this time.
Finally, the Awami League has nominated Muhith’s brother Momen, a former permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN, as the 85-year-old finance minister is retiring.
The BNP has also picked former MP Khandaker Abdul Malik’s son Khandaker Abdul Muktadir for the constituency.
His brother Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury was an adviser to the military-controlled caretaker government and their late brother Faruq Ahmed Choudhury was a former foreign secretary. The chief adviser to that caretaker government, Fakhruddin Ahmed, is their brother-in-law.
A former chairman of the Privatisation Commission during the BNP-led government, he is a vice-chairman of the party now.
Enam Chowdhury went to Muhith’s home at Dhopadighirparh on Thursday morning and stayed there for around an hour.
Both families are also related and that was why EA Chaudhury came over, according to Muhith’s relatives.
“I like the finance minister. So I’ve paid a courtesy call on him. I’ve informed him that I am contesting for the Sylhet-1 seat as the BNP candidate. He wished me the best,” Enam said.