Amjad Hossain Sarkar, deputy secretary for village government of the central BNP, an independent candidate in the mayoral and municipal elections of Syedpur municipality of Nilphamari, has passed away. He died at 8:30 am on Thursday while undergoing treatment at the Bangladesh Specialized Hospital in Dhaka.
Following his death, the Election Commission has postponed the Syedpur municipal elections to be held in the second phase on January 18. On the one hand, the people of Syedpur are mourning the loss of 30-year-old municipal mayor Amjad Hossain, on the other hand, the postponement of the polls with only two days left has created stagnation among the candidates and activists. At the same time, a new reckoning has started in the field of politics with elections and votes.
Upazila Election Officer Rabiul Alam said Returning Officer and Nilphamari District Election Officer Fazlul Karim had issued a public notice canceling the election for the post of mayor. In the context of the public notification, the Election Commission will decide whether there will be a vote or not.
Meanwhile, family sources of the deceased said that the body of the late Amjad Hossain Sarkar will be brought to Syedpur by this afternoon and Janaza will be held at the Maqbool Hossain BM College premises in Patwaripara after Friday. He will later be buried in the family cemetery. Civil society and the general public, including leaders of all levels of political, social and business organizations in Syedpur, have expressed deep grief over his death and extended their condolences to the bereaved family.
According to family sources, former mayor and president of Syedpur Upazila Awami League and central vice-president of Bangladesh Paribahan Sramik Federation Akhtar Hossain Badal fell ill on December 13 on his way home after Janaza. On the advice of a doctor, he was admitted to the United Hospital in Dhaka the next day. He was being treated for diabetes, heart disease and respiratory problems. In this condition, kidney problems including water accumulation in his lance occurred. After that, 10 days ago, if he did not test positive again, he was transferred to Bangladesh Specialized Hospital on the advice of doctors. He was in intensive care there for a week. As his physical condition deteriorated day by day, he was kept in life support. He breathed his last on Wednesday morning. He was about 63 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, son and brother as well as numerous relatives and admirers.
Amjad Hossain Sarkar is an impeccable personality in the politics of Syedpur and Rangpur divisions. His contribution is especially important for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the region. He was born on 2 February 1956 in Sarkar family of Patwaripara in Bangalipur union of Syedpur upazila. His father’s name was Maqbool Hossain Sarkar. After completing his primary education from the local Bangalipur High School, he studied at Syedpur Pilot High School. He later graduated from Syedpur Degree College and graduated from Rajshahi University. During his student life, he was associated with student alliances and while studying at Rajshahi University, he made a great splash in student politics there. After completing his studies, he came to Syedpur and became involved in the politics of the Workers Party. In 1990, he was elected chairman of the Syedpur Upazila Parishad as a BNP candidate. He was later elected as the chairman of Syedpur municipality and won twice in 1993 and 1999. He was then elected a Member of Parliament in 2001 with the symbol of a sheaf of rice. He later contested for the post of mayor of Syedpur municipality again and was elected mayor in 2011 and 2015. When the schedule for the second round of municipal elections was announced while he was in charge of this post, he became a candidate for the post of mayor again. However, this time he did not get the nomination of BNP and submitted his nomination papers as an independent candidate. He received the coconut tree symbol and was participating in the election. But after the announcement of the schedule, he fell ill and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka. That is why he was not present at any election activities. In the end, the Syedpur municipal election was postponed due to his death.
(Dhaka Times / 14 January / LA)
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