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UPDF to contest from all 3 CHT seats

Our Correspondent, Khagrachhari

The Daily Star, Sep 10, 2006

The United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday announced it would contest from all three constituencies of hill tracts districts of Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban in the next parliamentary election.

The decision was taken following discussions with people of 16 regions of the districts, says a press release of the UPDF, a Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) regional political party that opposes the CHT Peace Treaty signed between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) on December 2, 1997.

The UPDF announcement to contest the next polls came before that of its rival PCJSS. The two parties have long been involved in clashes that often claim lives in the hill tracts.

Not a single political party, including the Awami League (AL), BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami or Jatiya Party, is sincere about realising the rights of the hill tracts people, the press release signed by the UPDF central committee leader Samir Chakma said.

These parties have repeatedly shown discriminatory and communal attitudes to the hill tracts people, it further said, adding that those who were elected from the constituencies earlier did not take any initiative to solve the problems of the region.

The incumbents of the three constituencies are — BNP’s Wadud Bhuiyan and Moni Swapan Dewan in Khagrachhari and Rangamati and Awami League’s (AL) Bir Bahadur from Bandarban.

UPDF candidate Proshit Bikash Kheesa bagged 34,000 votes from Khagrachhari and 10,000 from Rangamati constituency in the 2001 general elections.

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