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AL to field best guns for city polls

Abu Jakir, Dhaka
AL to field best guns for city polls

The ruling Awami League is making preparations to contest in the upcoming elections in two Dhaka City Corporations that are likely to be held in the last week of December or January next year. Party insiders said, this time, the party would nominate the best candidates for contesting the prestigious local body elections, as the mayors of both city corporations (Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation) had not live up to the city dwellers’ expectations.

The Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already instructed her party’s central leaders to prepare for the city polls and gather information to select the best candidates who are dedicated and popular, say insiders.

They say the party will also nominate new faces for for the councillors’ positions. As a result, many of the existing party-nominated councillors may not be fielded this time. However, the party’s upcoming central working committee meeting will discuss the issue elaborately. The meeting will be held in the second week of September. Earlier, the last two city corporation elections were held on April 28, 2015, where AL nominated candidates Sayeed Khokon and Annisul Huq were elected mayors of DSCC and DNCC respectively.

Mayor Annisul Huq died on November 30, 2017 and the DNCC mayoral post fell vacant following his death. Later, the AL nominated business icon Atiqul Islam, who won the DNCC by-election held on February 28 this year.

Talking to The Independent about the party’s preparations for upcoming city polls, AL presidium member Lt. Col. (Retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan said they had started a survey of party candidates. Those who are popular and dedicated to the party would be nominated for the mayoral and councillor positions in the city polls, he added.

“You know, the three city corporations including DNCC, DSCC and Chattogram City Corporation elections will be held within the next five or six months. That’s why we are preparing from now,” he said.

Replying to a question whether the party would, this time, nominate new faces for the DNCC and DSCC mayoral posts, the AL senior leader said, “As far as I know, the two incumbent mayors did a good job but we have one more qualified candidate to contest these positions. First of all, we will see which political parties join the upcoming city polls and then we will field our best candidates in the three city corporation elections.”

When contacted, AL central leader Abm Reazul Kabir Kawsar said: “As far as I know, the party chief will give us necessary instructions about the upcoming city polls at the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) meeting likely to be held next month at Gono Bhaban.”

Talking to the media recently on the upcoming city polls, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said the two Dhaka city corporation elections would be held within a few months. The party was keen to win the city polls. Party chief Sheikh Hasina did not want to win by force, he added.

“You (party nominated incumbent mayors and councillors) will have to win through peoples’ votes. If you think you will win the next city polls because you are in power, then you will commit a big mistake,” he said. Seeking anonymity, another central leader of the ruling party said, “Track records of the two mayors, especially of Sayeed Khokon, have not been good. Besides, most of the party-backed councillors did not discharge their duties properly. So, I think, the party high-ups will nominate the party’s next representatives considering their track records. ” Speaking to this correspondent, AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap on Thursday said the party is yet to discuss the city polls issue.  

When contacted, Election Commissioner Brig Gen (Retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury, said, “We have not discussed the city polls yet in our commission meeting. But I think the three city corporation elections might be held in March-April.” Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) sources said they might join the upcoming city elections, although the party had boycotted the previous polls halfway through the voting, alleging widespread vote rigging.




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