2008 Parliamentary election and the in laws of the Nawab Family

November 21, 2008

                              An election special feature by Anas Khwaja


Rashed Khan Menon

Family Tree: http://gupshup1.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=gupshup1&view=0&pid=1695&rand=91611361 Brother in law of Syed Iqbal Hussain Shahbazi

Political career: Son of former Pakistan National Assembly speaker Abdul Jabbar Khan and president Bangladesh Workers Party.

Past parliamentary election results from Barisal 4:

1991 Elected by securing 33% of the vote; 1996Ranked 4th securing 12% vote, winner was Golam Faruque(Ovi) of Jatiya Party with 28% of vote; 2001 Ranked 5th securing 5% vote, winner was Syed Moazzem Hossain Jalal of Bangladesh Nationalist Party & Alliance with 38% of vote.

2008 Constituency: Dhaka 8

Possible Opponents: Ex MP’s from AL who failed to secure nomination Haji Mohammad Salim and , Dr.Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Nasir Uddin Ahmmed Pintu (BNP) , Abul Hasnat (BNP).

Election 2008: Menon’s book ‘Bibidho Prosango’ was published in February.The road stretching from Bangla Motors crossing to Moghbazar crossing has recently been renamed ‘Rashed Khan Menon Road’ in recognition of his contribution to the country. Though politically active, it has been 17 years since political stalwart Rashed Khan won an election. As his local Bairshal constituency map was redrawn, he is chartering previously untested political water of the Dhaka 8. Strong wave of AL might land him in the safe shore.


Alhaj S A Khaleq & son Shaju

Family Tree: 

http://gupshup1.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=gupshup1&view=18&pid=1681&rand=646641331 Son in law of Syed Dildar Hossain and husband of Syeda Noshad Bachi

Political career: Deputy Mayor Dhaka Municipal Corporation, Jatiya Party, BNP

Past parliamentary election result from Dhaka 10/11: Elected in 2001 by securing 52% of the vote with the ticket of Bangladesh Nationalist Party & Alliance.

2008 Constituency: Dhaka 13 (under redrawn map)

Possible Opponents: Kamal Ahmed Mazumder of (AL), Ekhlas Uddin Mollah (BNP), Harun Rashid Mollah (BNP), Md. Taiabur Rahman (JP), Dr. Kamal Hossain (Gonotontri Party)

Election 2008: It is likely that Alhaj S A Khaleq will end his long political career and let his son whom he groomed to be his successor Abu Bakar Siddique Shaju fills in the gap. It won’t be surprising if Shaju secures a ticket from BNP.


Alhajj Giasuddin Ahmed

Family Tree:


Son in law of Khwaja Ashraf Alam and husband of Reshma Begum

Political career: Freedom fighter, 1973 elected chairman of Siddhirganj Union, 1979 Ran and lost parliamentary election with AL ticket, 1984 Elected upazila chairman with JP ticket, 1996 Elected Senior co president of Krishak League,  Bangladesh Krishok League, Jatiya party, 2001 Elected parliamentary seat with BNP ticket.

Past parliamentary election result from Narayanganj 4 (Fatullah Siddhirganj): Elected in 2001 by securing 54% of the vote with the ticket of Bangladesh Nationalist Party & Alliance.

Possible Opponents: Kabori Sarwar (AL), ex MP A.K.M. Shamim Osman (did not get nomination from AL), Ashraf Uddin Ahmmed Chunnu, Sirajul Islam (BNP), Sattar Ali Bhuiyan (JP)

Election 2008: Giasuddin Ahmed surrendered to the court in February 2007 and is in custody since. Earlier he had submitted his wealth statement in response to ACC notice.
It is highly unlikely that Giasuddin will run in the current election under present circumstances.



Begum Shamsunnahar Ahsanullah

Family Tree:

http://gupshup1.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=gupshup1&view=18&pid=777&rand=364709721 Wife of Nawabzada Khwaja Ahsanullah

Political career: BNP, MP from the women’s reserved seat.

Election 2008: In exile since the military backed caretaker govt is in the helm of the country. Along with 86 other ex MP’s she sided with party SG Khandaker Delwar Hossain in an open letter published on June 2008. For being in the anti reformist tent she might be rewarded again with one of the 45 reserved sit in the 9th parliament-provided that BNP wins and controls the Songsod.


8 Responses to “2008 Parliamentary election and the in laws of the Nawab Family”

  1. Abdul Jabbar Khan my nana was the Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan, not of East Pakistan. Please correct the error.

  2. Khawja Waqar Azim fm Dhaka Says:

    Dear Guddu,

    Short while ago i have seen a e-commerce website in your comments. Is it your website?

  3. Sorry i cannot really recollect you Waqar bhai, do i know you personally?

  4. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    I am the elder brother of Manzer,Khawer and Ahmer.
    Your uncle Yasir Bhai knows me very well.

    Khawja Waqar Azim

  5. Dear Waqar bhai,
    I may know you by face, i know Ahmer very well, we played together.

  6. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    Dear Guddu,

    Thanks for your reply.


  7. My Fufu Farida’s son Abdullah Muhammad Hasan ( Munas) is been nominated by the BNP led Alliance to fight the elections from Shariatpur. He is the grandson of Syed Mahbub Hussain Shahbazi from the mother side and the grandson of Pir Mossenuddin Dudu mia from the father’s side.

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