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Jamaat man out on campaign before BNP’s nomination

Published : Saturday, 13 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 517

Although BNP is yet to announce its candidate for the by-polls to Dhaka North City corporation mayoral post, its key alliance partner Jamaat leader Selim Uddin has already started mass contact as an aspirant to vie for the post.
BNP senior leaders said their party may announce Taibth Awal as its candidate on Saturday night after a meeting of the party policymakers.
However, Selim Uddin, Jamaat Dhaka north city unit president, said his party has already given him nomination to contest the polls.
Talking to UNB over phone, he said, "I'll collect nomination paper on Sunday from the returning officer's office. The voters of the Dhaka North City Corporation think the alliance leader (Khaleda) will finally nominate me as the 20-party alliance candidate."
Asked whether he will be there in the race if he is not given the nomination by the alliance, the Jamaat leader said he is hopeful about getting nomination. "I'll accept whatever decision my party takes."
He said he has already carried out campaigns in Uttara, Gulshan, Banani, Badda and Mohammapur areas. "Our leaders and activists are also working for us."
Earlier on Monday night, the BNP chief had a meeting with top leaders of her party-led 20-party alliance.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the alliance leaders at the meeting assured Khaleda Zia of extending their support to the BNP candidate she will nominate to contest the by-election.
He also said their party standing committee member will finalise the candidate for the by-polls on Saturday night.
A faction of Labour Party, an alliance partner of the 20-party alliance, also nominated its candidate for the by-election.
Mostafizur Rahman Iran, president of the faction of the Labour Party, said their party's Dhaka north unit president SM Yusuf Ali will collect nomination paper to contest the by-polls.
Contacted, Taibth Awal said he has all-out preparation to contest the polls if BNP nominates him. "I'm confident about getting the party nomination. I'll formally launch campaign once the party announces my name as its candidate."
Atiqul Islam, a former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, has been conducting campaign to contest the by-polls as an Awami League candidate claiming that he has got the party nod.
However, party general secretary Obaidul Quader said Awami League will announce the name of its candidate on January 16 after a meeting of its local government nomination board.
Popular Band singer Shafin Ahmed has also been conducting campaign to contest the by-polls as a mayoral candidate of Bobby Hajjaj's party Nationalist Democratic Movement (NDM).
Gano Sanghati Andolon also announced its coordinator Junaid Saki as its candidate for the by polls. Saki contested the DNCC election in 2015 as a mayoral candidate.
Mahi B Chowdhury, who contested the 2015 DNCC election as a mayoral candidate, unlikely to compete in the by-polls, said senior Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh leaders.
The Election Commission on Tuesday announced the schedule for the DNCC by-polls fixing the date for balloting on February 26.
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of Annisul Huq on November 30 last.
Annisul Huq had been elected mayor defeating BNP candidate Tabith Awal in the DNC election held on April 28, 2015.    UNB

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