Bnp supports Awal Mintoo’s son Tabith for Dhaka North

Bnp supports Awal Mintoo’s son Tabith for Dhaka North

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Finally, BNP has extended its support to Tabith Awal, son of party chairperson’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo to contest the mayoral polls in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia endorsed him hours after the Supreme Court upheld the High Court order rejecting his father Abdul Awal Mintoo’s appeal against the cancellation of his nomination.The apex court order visibly left Khaleda with no option but to pick Tabith to fight against Awami League-backed heavyweight candidate Annisul Hoq in the mayoral race.
Earlier, the BNP lent its support to city BNP convenor Mirza Abbas, who went into hiding to avoid arrest, to contest the mayoral polls in the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) against AL-backed candidate Sayeed Khokan, son of former mayor Mohammad Hanif.
After a meeting with Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence last night, representatives of “Adarsha Dhaka Andolan” (Ideal Dhaka Movement), a pro-BNP citizens’ platform disclosed the BNP decision about lending support to Mirza Abbas and Tabith Awal as its mayoral candidates for DSCC and DNCC.
Convenor of ADA and former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Emajuddin Ahmed told reporters that the BNP chairperson informed them about the decision of BNP to back Abbas and Tabith in bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation polls.
“The BNP chairperson has given her consent about the two mayoral candidates. The candidates have been finalised with her consent,” he added.
The ADA representatives also include Shaukat Mahmud, senior journalist Mahfuzullah, Prof Dr Mahbubullah, Dr Sukomol Barua and Prof AFM Yusuf Haider.
A BNP leader said, the BNP chairperson thinks Tabith would get people’s sympathy, as his father’s nomination was rejected for minor procedural flaws.
“She (Khaleda) also thinks Tabith is young, energetic and dynamic which will help him woo young voters.”
Over the last few days, a section of BNP leaders had been trying to convince Khaleda to back Mahi B Chowdhury, son of ex-president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, in the DNCC mayoral race, considering his political background.
But the Jamaat-e-Islami and several components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance strongly opposed backing Mahi, as his party, Bikolpodhara Bangladesh, is not a part of the opposition combine, according to BNP insiders
On April 7, Mintoo, adviser to the BNP chairperson, filed the appeal with the SC, challenging the HC order that summarily dismissed his writ petition on April 6 against the cancellation of his nomination.
Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Zillar Rahman on April 4 dismissed Mintoo’s appeal against the returning officer’s decision to cancel his nomination for procedural flaws.
The following day, he filed a writ petition with the HC seeking its directives on the Election Commission to accept his nomination and allow him to contest the DNCC polls slated for April 28.
Last night, a close aide to Tabith told this correspondent that the 36-year-old businessman is likely to kick off his election campaign today.
Tabith had expressed unwillingness to contest the election in the wake of criticism that his father intentionally submitted a flawed nomination paper to pave the way for him to contest the city polls.
The BNP chief on April 6 asked Tabith to get ready for the mayoral race if his father finally fails to qualify for the mayoral race.
The pro-BNP platform emerged on Wednesday as a thinktank for providing guidance and assistance to BNP-backed candidates in city polls.
Professionals loyal to the ruling Awami League also formed a citizens’ group, “Dhaka Nagorik Andolan” (Dhaka citizens’ movement), the same day. The group, led by writer Syed Shamsul Haque, is working for AL-backed candidates. – Staff Reporter

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