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No Tangail by-polls before Jan 31

It has set Jan 31 as the deadline for resolving the rule. A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order on Monday while ruling on the Election Commission’s plea to stay High Court’s acceptance of Kader Siddique’s nomination.

Siddique had moved the High Court after the Election Commission (EC) rejected his nomination for contesting the Tangail-4 by-polls. On Oct 21, the court ordered the EC to accept his nomination in the by-polls for Tangail-4 parliamentary constituency.

The court also issued a rule asking why cancellation of Siddique’s nomination should not be declared illegal. The EC, chief election commissioner, Tangail by-poll’s returning officer and two others were told to explain.

Tangail-4 constituency fell vacant as former Awami League minister Latif Siddique resigned from Parliament after being suspended from the Awami league following his anti-Hajj rant.

Altogether 10 persons, including four from the Kader Siddique’s party the Krishak Sramik Janata League, filed nominations for contesting the by-polls . But the returning officer on Oct 13 scrapped four nominations, including that of Kader Siddique, for defaulting a loan repayment.

Siddique appealed to the EC against its decision, but his plea was rejected after a hearing. Then on Oct 21,  Siddique moved the High Court against the decision, and the court ordered the EC to accept his nomination.

The EC then filed a plea with Supreme Court’s chamber judge to stay the High Court order. The matter was forwarded to the Appellate Division, which was heard on Monday.

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