Bangladesh Nationalist Party mayoral candidate in Khulna City Corporation Nazrul Islam Manju has rejected the election results alleging large-scale vote rigging in the polls while ruling Awami League candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque dismissed the allegation.
Addressing a press conference at BNP’s Khulna office, Manju said that there should be re-election in 105 centres as the ruling party activists occupied those and stuffed ballot boxes with fake votes.
The law-enforcers were not active in performing their duties, Manju alleged. ‘The massive rigging proves that without deploying army, no fair election is possible,’ he argued.
AL candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque won the Khulna City Corporation mayoral election by about 66,000 votes.
Addressing a press conference at the Khulna Press Club, Khaleque claimed that the election was held in a free and fair manner.
He congratulated those who helped him win the election.
He said that BNP had tried to spread confusion so that the people lean towards them.
He called on the BNP candidate Monju to accept the outcome without trying to damage the government’s image.
The newly elected mayor, however, said that he would try to make Khulna a place free of illegal drugs, crimes, and land grabbers.
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