Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Cumilla City Polls

AL rebel Imran withdraws candidature

Awami League rebel candidate Masud Parvez Khan Imran has withdrawn his candidature from the Cumilla City Corporation (CCC) election by extending his support to the party contestant.

He came up with the announcement at the auditorium of Cumilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday afternoon after an AL team, led by its General Secretary Obaidul Quader, held a meeting with him and his sister and ruling party lawmaker from reserved seat Anjum Sultana Sima in this regard.

Speaking on the occasion, Imran said he withdrew his candidature on the instructions of AL President Sheikh Hasina. “I didn’t want to contest the polls from my own. I had to take the decision for the people of 27 wards and party leaders and activists. They want a change.”He said he had all the preparations for the election. “But we all do politics of Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina. We can't go against the ‘Boat’ symbol. I don’t have the courage to disobey the decision of our leader. So, I withdrew my candidature from the election on the instructions of Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

“I’ll ask my fellow leaders and activists to start working for the ‘Boat’ symbol. I’ve also started working to present ‘Boat’ to the party president as victorious. Because ‘Boat’ doesn’t belong to any person, it’s the symbol of Bangabandhu, the symbol of Sheikh Hasina,” Imran added.

He, however, alleged that he who got the party ticket did not include any of their leaders and activists in the election campaign committee. “We’ll work for the party-nominated candidate whether they call me or not. We’re on the field for ‘Boat’,” he added.

A member of AL Information Affairs Subcommittee and president of Cumilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Imran is the son of late Afzal Khan who lost to Monirul Huq Sakku in the maiden polls to Cumilla City Corporation in 2012.

In the last election in 2017, Sakku defeated Afzal’s daughter Sima.

This time, the ruling party nominated Arfanul Haque Rifat, general secretary of city AL, as its candidate in the polls. He is known as a close aide to local lawmaker AKM Bahauddin Bahar.

In the last two elections, the AL candidates lost due to years-old rivalry between Afzal and Bahar.