AL to pick candidate for Dhaka South, Bnp weighs options

AL to pick candidate for Dhaka South, Bnp weighs options

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The AL leadership is yet to announce the name of its nominee for Mayor of Dhaka city south although Syed Khokan has already become lound in his claim of getting the paarty nomination
Khokon, son of former Dhaka mayor Mohammad Hanif, earlier said Awami League President Sheikh Hasina decided to back him.
The main opposition Bnp is still weighing options and is awiting an evaluation of the situation was to whether participation in the election will be helpful to the no-going movement or not. After completion of the evaluation the party may either field its own candidates with backing of civic committees or lend support to candidates having the support of leading citizens.A delegation of the Bnp is expected to meet with the Election Commission shortly to assess the situation and demand slight deferment nof the election schedule, sources said.
AL leaders Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya and Qamrul Islam said on Tuesday that the party was yet to make a decision on the matter.
They were speaking to reporters at a meeting at Bangabandhu Avenue headquarters to draw up programmes for Independence Day.
Haji Mohammad Salim, who was in the meeting, too, expressed his eagerness to run for mayor.
Prime Minister Hasina called Khokon to her office on Feb 26 and he told reporters after the meeting that she decided to support him.
Salim who defeated the Awami League candidate in 2014 parliamentary election as an independent candidate has also been campaigning to stake his claim saying ‘people want him to do so’.
Maya said they were ready to face the BNP’s challenge if it supported any ‘good man other than terrorist’.
Qamrul, however, said BNP’s ‘bizarre’ conditions to join the polls would not be met. – News Desk

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