.A number of leaders of significant opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have entered the electoral race for the 11th national polls, with over hundred cases against them, most of which are ‘fictitious’.BNP leaders claimed that these cases were aimed to harass political opponents. Police declared the accused in criminal cases would be arrested. Several candidates have already been arrested.Despite a large number of cases, the party leaders are prepared to contest the election. However, their arrests would make the situation worse, commented a number of BNP leaders.The nominations of several others including the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia were rejected due to be convictions. The Prothom Alo correspondent learned from the declarations submitted by 60 BNP candidates from Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, Chattogram, Rangpur and Sylhet.Three candidates face 200 cases each and two others face more than a hundred each. Another four candidates face over 50 cases each.Most of the cases have been filed for sabotage, obstruction of government work, attacks on police and so on under the special powers act, anti-terrorism act and explosive act as well as various sections of the penal code. Several senior leaders have been accused in the case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). There are also allegations of murder, money laundering and murder.There are 46 cases of explosions, vandalising, sabotage, violence and arson against the party’s secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Among the cases, 16 are under trial while the court suspended 20 of them.Jubo Dal’s president Saiful Alam Nirob tops in the list of candidates having the highest number of cases. Saiful Alam is contesting for national election in Dhaka-12 constituency.There are 267 cased filed against him since 2010 in various police station including Shahbagh, Tejgaon, Ramna, Mirpur, Shahjahanpur and so on under different acts.Although the proceedings of some cases have been postponed, most cases are under trial or investigation.“All the cases are political. I believe, AL has special affection for me. That’s why there are so many cases in my name. No worries, I will hold ground,” the Jubo Dal leader said.“I know about 267 cases so far. There are a few others I don’t know about,” Saiful added.Dhaka metropolitan DB police claimed that Saiful Alam is the person behind violence, burning cars and cocktail bomb blasts in Dhaka. He provided funds and explosives to the miscreants, himself remaining behind the scenes, according to DB police.However, BNP said that the police filed those cases against Saiful as the Jubo Dal president.Saiful became the accused for anything that happened anywhere in Dhaka. He was accused in many cases during the blockade called by BNP in 2013 and 2014.There are 221 cases against Nabi Ullah, a BNP candidate in Dhaka-5.Jubo Dal general secretary Sultan Salahuddin Tuku is in jail. There are 212 cases filed against him in several police stations. He is a candidate for Tangail-2.Also, there are 164 cases against Jubo Dal organising secretary and 138 cases against Dhaka Mohanagar (North) Jubo Dal president.Jubo Dal former general secretary Habibur Rashid, also candidate in Dhaka-9, is accused in 80 cases in different police station.BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas is accused in 42 cases so far. He is a candidate in Dhaka-8.Mirza Abbas was accused in three cases last on 14 November in connection with the clashes during the selling of nomination papers at the BNP office in Naya Paltan of the capital.BNP candidate in Chattogram-9 Shahadat Hossain, also president of Chattogram metropolitan BNP, is accused in 40 cases.Two candidates in Rajshahi-1 and Rajshahi-5 have 19 and 18 cases respectively against their names.