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11 November, 2017 11:41:54 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 November, 2017 05:21:34 PM

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AL pads up for ‘semi-final’ city polls ahead of ‘finals’

Abu Jakir
AL pads up for ‘semi-final’ city polls ahead of ‘finals’

The Awami League (AL) has made massive preparations for the upcoming elections to the six city corporations to be held from December 21. The Election Commission (EC) has already announced the schedule for the Rangpur city corporation polls.

It has to hold elections to five more city corporations—Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Sylhet, and Gazipur—next year, before the 11th parliamentary elections in 2019. The ruling party is taking the local government elections as the dress rehearsal for the next general elections. It is important for the party to win so that it can send a message to the nation as well as the world that the people are with the AL.

Last time, however, AL candidates faced defeat in five of these six city corporation elections. Only the Rangpur mayor is from the AL.

As a big political party, the AL will find it difficult to select a candidate for each city corporation from among so many local leaders. Five more aspiring candidates from each city corporation have been preparing to contest the polls, but party insiders say the AL high-ups have more or less finalised the possible candidates for the elections.

Insiders say that AL president Sheikh Hasina has already done her homework for the polls, staring with a survey of the party leaders.

She has already given the green signal to grassroots leaders to contest in favour of the party symbol, they added. Following the party’s extended meeting at Ganabhaban in May, Hasina asked Badruddin Ahmed Kamran and Khairuzzaman Liton to get ready to contest in Sylhet and Rajshahi respectively, party sources say. In Barisal, presidium member Abul Hasnat Abdullah’s brother Khokon Serneabat and son Sadek Abdullah are being considered, while in Khulna, City AL president Talukder Mohammad Abdul Khaleq or Sheikh Jewel, brother of MP Sheikh Helal, might get nomination.

In Gazipur, either metropolitan AL president Azmat Ullah or general secretary Jahangir Alam will get nomination. Azmat lost the 2013 election to BNP candidate Abdul Mannan, but Jahangir is currently in the good books for withdrawing his candidature and supporting the chosen party candidate.

The maiden election to Rangpur city corporation was held on December 20, 2012. A former central AL member, Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhantu, was elected mayor, defeating the Jatiya Party-backed candidate.

Jhantu was given party nomination yesterday. Rangpur city AL president Shafiur Rahman Shafi, Rasheq Rahman, son of AL treasurer HN Ashiqur Rahman, were also among the contenders.

Gazipur city AL general secretary Jahangir Alam Sarkar said the elections in the city might be held in March. But they have started preparing from now on to improve their chances of victory.

Replying to a question, he said: “Yes, party chief Sheikh Hasina has asked me to get ready to contest the upcoming election. According to her direction, I have been working here for the best possible result. I am hopeful of my victory in the poll.”

AL central working committee member Khairuzzaman Liton told this correspondent that he has already received the green signal from the party chief about getting a party ticket to contest the Rangpur polls.

AL central leaders said the six city corporation elections will give them a clear idea about the abilities of their grassroots activists, the opposition, the local administration, and the Election Commission ahead of the general polls. About the preparation for the city polls, AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim said on Thursday that there was no question of taking this local election lightly. Since these polls would come just before the national elections, their impact will be huge, he added.

He dubbed the upcoming city polls the ‘semi-final match’ ahead of the ‘finals’, that is, the national polls. Nasim, also an AL minister, called upon the BNP to take part in the city polls and test its popularity before the national polls.


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