NCC polls: Ivy urges AL followers to work for 'boat'

NCC polls: Ivy urges AL followers to work for ‘boat’

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Narayanganj – Awami League-nominated mayoral candidate for the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls Selina Hayat Ivy on Saturday said she believes all the leaders and activists of their party will work together to ensure her victory.
“There’s no division and conflict among us. There can be misunderstanding among us which will be removed very soon. We all will work together to ensure the victory of our election symbol, ‘boat’, showing respect to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision,” she said. UNB news agency reported
Talking to reporters at her residence, Ivy said, “I believe all, including local MP Shamim Osman and Anwar uncle will work in favour of boat.”
At a meeting at Gono Bhaban on Friday night, Awami League’s local government nomination board unanimously nominated Ivy to contest the polls with the party’s electoral symbol ‘boat’.
As she got party nomination, Ivy, also the incumbent NCC mayor, went to the residence of another party nomination aspirant and city AL president Anwar Hossain on Saturday morning, but failed to meet her as the house was locked.
Ivy said she will again go to his house and request him to work with her as he did in the previous election. “I want Anwar uncle to work as my chief election coordinator this time, too. I call upon him to stand beside boat raising above all differences of opinions.”
Asked whether she will go to meet Shamim Osman, the mayor said, “I’ll surely go to him and his family members to seek vote. Shamim Osman will certainly work in favour of the party as he is its MP.”
She also hoped that Shamim Osman will not defy Prime Minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina’s order and work for her.
Ivy said the party has nominated her to contest the election considering her popularity though the local Awami League did not recommend her.
She, however, said the leaders and activists of the party and its grassroots are with her and will work for her.
Ivy, also the country’s first female mayor, welcomed BNP’s decision of joining the NCC polls. “It’s a positive decision.”
She is also confident that a free and fair election will be held and the voters will cast their ballots in a congenial atmosphere without any fear and intimidation as they did during the last NCC polls.
Meanwhile, local leaders and activists brought out processions at different wards of the city greeting Ivy for winning the party nomination. Many also expressed their enthusiasm by distributing sweets.

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