Sylhet district and metropolitan chapters of Jamaat-e-Islami want to take part in the next parliamentary election placed to be held in late 2018. All preparations in this regard are going on in secret due to administrative obstacles. Hundreds of cases are pending against the party leaders.
According to sources, the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, an organization committed war crimes during the country's Liberation War in 1971, will carry on organizational activities and take preparations for national elections even if the registration of the party is canceled. In spite of hundreds of obstacles, the party has been preparing the initial list of possible candidates for the upcoming elections in different tactics.
Jamaat is finalizing the list of more than 50 potential candidates through secret surveys. In addition to bringing back the image of the party and to maintaining their own existence, the activists are also taking silent preparations to become candidates for the 11th parliamentary election.
The party is also tactful about carrying out organizational activities. Even though the court has imposed ban on the party's participating in polls, the high command of the party directed its Sylhet unit to take preparation to participate in the next parliamentary election.
Many leaders of Sylhet, Moulvibazar, and Sunamganj Jamaat are working secretly in the field of election after getting green signal from the party high command.
Leaders who have received the green signal are: Principal Maulana Farid Uddin Chowdhury (Sylhet-5 constituency), Maulana Habibur Rah-man (Sylhet-6). Assistant Secretary of Jamaat and Jointapur Upazila Chai-rman Zainal Abedin, central leader of the Bang-ladesh Workers Welfare Federation (Sylhet-4), Jamaat leader Maulana Lokman Ahmed and Saifullah al-Hussein (Sylhet-3), and Sylhet City Ameer Advocate Ehsanul Mahbub Zubair (Sylhet-1).
-Abdul Halim Shagor, Sylhet
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