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
Past parliamentary election results from Barisal 4:
1991– Elected by securing 33% of the vote; 1996– Ranked 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
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
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
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.