AL to evaluate causes of Rangpur defeat

Staff Correspondent  | Published: 21:46, Dec 22,2017 | Updated: 21:57, Dec 22,2017

Obaidul Quader

Obaidul Quader. — Focusbangla file photo

The ruling Bangladesh Awami League will evaluate the causes of defeat of its mayoral candidate in the Rangpur City Corporation polls held on Thursday.

Awami League-nominated mayor candidate Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhantu was defeated by Jatiya Party faction candidate Mustafizur Rahman Mostafa by a margin of around one lakh votes in the election. 

Obaidul Quader, the general secretary of the party, on Friday at a condolence meeting of late Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq, said that the issue of the defeat of the party’s mayoral candidate in RCC elections would be evaluated in the party forum. 

‘As a party general secretary, I won’t be able to make any comment regarding the defeat without discussion in the party forum,’ Quader, also the road transport and bridges minster, told reporters. 

Referring the claim of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party that some irregularities were held in the election which caused their candidate’s defeat, Quader said the polls were held in free, fair and peacefully. 

The voters cast their votes without any barriers while government and administration did not interfere in the election, Quader said. 

The election would be free and fair when BNP candidates won, he said, adding the party leaders raised question about the election when they were defeated.

Replying to another question, Quader said the local government nomination board of Awami League would nominate the party’s mayor candidate in the Dhaka North City Corporation election.

Noakhali Zila Samiti, Dhaka, organised the condolence meeting at the Institute of Diploma Engineers’ auditorium in the capital to commemorate Annisul Huq, who died on November 30 in a London hospital. 

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