The Election Commission has declared Jatiya Party leader ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader’s nomination invalid after hearing a review petition over his candidature for the Patuakhali-1 parliamentary constituency to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary election.
The former Japa secretary general lost his candidature on the ground of loan issue.
Meanwhile, the commission cleared the way for another Japa candidate Masud Parvez Sohel Rana for contesting the polls from Barishal-2.
On December 3, Hawlader was removed from his post and State Minister for LGRD Moshiur Rahman Ranga has been made the secretary general of the party.
According to Japa insiders, the party chairman H M Ershad was unhappy with Hawlader due to allegation of ‘nomination business’ against him.