Awami League leaders Sayeed Khokon and Haji Selim on Tuesday collected nomination papers to contest in the mayoral race of the Dhaka South City Corporation, while representatives of former lawmaker Kobori Sarowar and detained Nagarik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna collected the papers, who will vie for the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation.
For DSCC, both Khokon, son of late Dhaka mayor Mohammad Hanif, and Selim, an independent MP from Old Dhaka, claimed that the locals want them as mayor.
In reply to a query of journalists on party nod, Haji Selim said Awamil League is yet to back any candidate for city polls. "Party high-ups have asked me to take preparation. So, I am taking preparation," he said, adding that he is hopeful that the party will ultimately back him.
Earlier on Monday, BNP leader and BDR carnage convict Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu collected nomination paper to vie for DSCC's mayoral post.
Actor and AL leader Kobori Sarowar also did not get the AL nod as the Prime Minister backed former FBCCI President Annisul Huq, who collected nomination form on Monday.
Kobori's representative Shahidul Islam collected the nomination paper from the DNCC returning officer's Agargaon office and Nagarik Oikya central committee member Atiqul Islam Atiq for Manna, now facing a sedition charge.
AL lawmaker Ilias Uddin Molla's brother Eklas uddin Molla also collected nomination paper for DNCC. The mayoral aspirant contested in Dhaka-15 constituency though later boycotted the election alleging rigging against AL leader Kamal Majumder, now a lawmaker.