Awami League has picked DNCC incumbent Mayor M Atiqul Islam and Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, MP as its candidates to contest the elections to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) respectively.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced their names through a press conference at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office on Sunday.
He also disclosed the names of party-nominated councillor candidates for the two city corporations.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, the decision about the female councillor candidate will be taken in the afternoon.
Incumbent DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon has failed to appease the party high-ups for the nomination.
Earlier on Saturday evening, AL Local Government Nomination Board sat in a meeting at Ganobhaban with Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina in the chair to pick the party contestants for the elections to the two city corporations slated for January 30.
In an instant reaction, Taposh said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working for building a developed Bangladesh for which a developed capital is needed. “So, I’ve to grab the opportunity.”
He also said he was inspired by late DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq, seeking cooperation from all. “I hope people in the Dhaka South City Corporation will keep their trust on me and give me a chance to serve them.”
Taposh said he will formulate a master plan for the development of the city in line with the Vision 2041.
Atiqul also sought cooperation from all in building a better Dhaka.
BNP on Saturday nominated Engineer Ishraque Hossain and Tabith Awal as its mayoral candidates for the upcoming elections to the DSCC and DNCC respectively.