BNP picks Rita Rahman for Rangpur-3 by-polls

BNP picked Rita Rahman, chief of People’s Party of Bangladesh, one of the components of the 20-party alliance, as its candidate to contest the Rangpur-3 by-election.

Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the announcement at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Sunday.

He said Rita, daughter of BNP founder member Moshiur Rahman Jadu Mia, will contest the by-polls as the candidate of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.

Rita had also contested the December-30 parliamentary polls from the same seat as a Jatiya Oikyafront candidate and got defeated to late Jatiya Party Chairman Ershad.

Five people, including two women, collected the nomination forms of BNP to contest the upcoming by-election to Rangpur-3 seat with its ticket.

They are BNP Rangpur city unit late president Mozaffar Hossain’s wife Sufia Hossain, its current president Kausar Zaman Babla, general secretary Sohidul Islam Miju, Rangpur district unit general secretary Roisuddin and Rita Rahman.

The by-election to the Rangpur-3 seat which fell vacant following the death of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad will be held on October 5.

According to the election schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is September 9.

The date for scrutinising the nomination papers is September 11 and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is September 16.