BNP questions validity of Syed Ashraf’s nomination
Published : Tuesday, 4 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 290
BNP on Monday raised a question over the validity of Awami League's former general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam's candidature claiming that he had no signature in his nomination paper.
"Syed Ashraf is ill and now undergoing treatment at a Thailand hospital in a senseless condition, but his fingerprint and signature
have been put on his nomination paper. How did those come?" said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
"Then how his (Ashraf) nomination becomes valid?" the BNP leader questioned while speaking at a press briefing at the party central office at Nayapaltan in the capital.
"Ashraful's nomination paper has been granted by the Election Commission despite not having his signature as the commission treats them as saint and monks," he alleged.
Syed Ashraful Islam has got the nomination from the Kishoreganj-1 constituency.
Criticising the Election Commission's decision to reject the nomination papers of several BNP leaders and comparing it to a puppet show, Rizvi said that the rejection of the nomination papers made it clear that the EC will not be able to step beyond the directives of the government.
"The nomination papers of 50 heavyweight leaders and former MPs, including Chairperson Khaleda Zia, were rejected without any cause," alleged Rizvi.
"On the other hand, no Awami League nominated candidate has been rejected because they are considered to be saints by the Election Commission."
Many who chose to contest the election independently by defying the directives of the ruling party were rejected during the scrutiny process. But there are no reports that Awami League nominees were rejected.
Of the 3,065 nominations submitted to the EC, 786 were rejected on Sunday by the returning officers. There are no candidates for the BNP or the alliance now in six seats due to the cancellation of the nomination papers.