Jatiya Party has expelled its vice-chairman Lutfar Reza Khokon from the party as he withdrew from the Cumilla-7 by-polls violating high command’s decision.
The party also dissolved the existing committee of its Cumilla North district unit, said a press release on Friday.
It said Jatiya Party chairman GM Quader took the decision as per article 20/1 (1) A of the party's constitution, reports UNB.
Party sources said Lutfar Reza, also the convener of Jatiya Party Cumilla north district unit, was given the party ticket to contest the by-polls to Cumilla-7.
He also submitted the nomination paper to be there in the race as the JP candidate, but he later withdrew it violating the party high command’s decision.
Lutfar was expelled from the party’s all posts, including the primary membership, said the media release.
The by-election to Cumilla-7 constituency is scheduled to be held on October 7. The seat was declared vacant after the death of its sitting MP and former deputy speaker Ali Ashraf on July 30.
As per schedule announced by the Election Commission (EC), the deadline for the submission of nominations is September 13, while the date for the scrutiny of nomination papers is September 14 and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is September 19.
Pran Gopal Datta, former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University (BSMMU), is contesting the by-election as the Awami League candidate.
BNP did not nominate any candidate to contest the by-polls as per its decision not to join any more elections under the current government.