AL desperate to win 3 mayoral polls

Wants to keep BNP under constant pressure

Shawkat Ali Khan and Anaet Shawon

10 July, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Ruling Awami League is desperate to win the upcoming elections to three city corporations — Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet — to keep its arch rival BNP under constant pressure ahead of the next national polls.

Awami League insiders say BNP has been under pressure after suffering defeat in Gazipur and Khulna city polls and their party wants to see it ahead of the national polls

They believe majority of the voters cast votes in favour of ‘boat’ symbol in Gazipur and Khulna city elections because of the government’s ongoing pace of development activities. 

An AL presidium member said any pressure facing BNP will have a strong influence on the next national polls likely to be held in December.

Elections to the three city corporations are scheduled to be held on July 30.

BNP-backed mayoral candidates defeated their AL rivals in the last elections to the three city corporations.

AL now wants to recover the three mayoral posts and keep BNP under tremendous pressure ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections, party sources said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a meeting of the AL Parliamentary Party on July 5 said her government does not want to earn a bad name by arranging Magura-like election held under the past BNP government.

“People will cast votes for their chosen candidates. Those who will get their votes will be elected,” she said, adding that her government will not allow holding of any Magura-like polls.

“The government will not be changed if AL candidates face defeat in these city polls. But you have to stay alert so that none can tarnish the party image over holding of such polls,” she said.

Party insiders say people will cast votes for the AL candidates for the continuation of the development activities carried out by the present government.

AL presidium member Faruk Khan told daily sun that people are mature enough to vote for the right persons.

“People don’t believe in the BNP for their false promises,” he said, adding that AL witnessed it in the elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations.

The AL leader also expressed the hope that their party’s winning trend will continue in the upcoming three city polls as well the next national election.

AL organising secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim said BNP is doing negative politics.

He said they will portray the BNP’s evil motives before the people.

“They (BNP) will try to make the city elections questionable but we will  resist it along with people,” he said.

Another organising secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan said, “We will raise awareness among the people about the BNP negative politics.”