Awami League lawmaker from Narayanganj AKM Shamim Osman has extended his support to the party’s mayoral candidate Selina Hayat Ivy.
Few weeks ago, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with Shamim Osman and Selina Hayat at her official residence Ganobhaban to remove the gap between the two. Since then the lawmaker has been working for Ivy. But it is for the first time on Friday that he expressed his support publicly to Ivy at a press conference.
He said Ivy must win the upcoming polls as he is working for her. Lambasting the comment made by some BNP leaders that their candidate will win, he said, “We have taken the remarks of the BNP leaders as a challenge. They should know that I am working for Ivy. They should keep it in mind that her elder brother (Shamim Osman) is with her.”
“Now, we are more united than before to ensure the victory of the boat symbol of great leader Sheikh Hasina,” he said, reiterating his support to Ivy once again.
Shamim Osman dismissed the rumour of rift in Narayanganj Awami League. He said he is even ready to resign from Parliament, if necessary, to work for the party nominated mayoral candidate.
Earlier, Awami League grassroots at Narayanganj recommended the name of a person other than Ivy to the center for mayoral nomination but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina nominated her.
Shamim Osman addressed Ivy as Chhoto Bon meaning younger sister. He said Awami League rightly nominated Ivy as she deserves it.
However, he said he cannot participate in the electioneering publicly as he is a lawmaker.
Shamim Osman said, if leader Sheikh Hasina wants, he will resign from his MP post and campaign for Ivy.
“And if my leader does not give me the option, I have the right to work for the election outside the city corporation area,” he said.
At this stage, he vowed to send his workers to participate in the campaign for Ivy from Saturday although he cannot do this for legal restriction.
Awami League secretary Rafiqul Islam said, “After Shamim Osman’s support, the leaders and activists started working with enthusiasm. Nobody will be able to defeat Ivy.”