Bangladesh Nationalist Party is likely to pick former mayor Mojibor Rahman Sarwar as its mayoral candidate in Barisal city election while incumbent Rajshahi mayor Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul is quite certain to secure his party ticket as he is its lone mayoral aspirant.
A member of the BNP’s nomination board that interviewed all the 16 mayoral aspirants for Rajshahi, Barisal and Sylhet cities on Thursday made the suggestions after the meeting at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and national standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mahbubur Rahman, Mirza Abbas, Goyeshar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, were in the nomination board.
The chance of incumbent Sylhet mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury winning BNP ticket is slim as a strong group, supported by the party’s leaders of Sylhet city and district units, has been active against him, according to local BNP leaders.
Sylhet city BNP general secretary Badruzzaman Selim, also a mayoral aspirant, is likely to get party nomination if Ariful is dropped, they said.
The mayoral elections in the three cities are scheduled to be held on July 30.
BNP assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu told New Age that all the 16 mayoral aspirants for three cities faced the interview board.
He confirmed that Rajshahi mayor Bulbul, also Rajshahi city BNP president, was the party’s lone mayoral aspirant there.
BNP joint secretary general Mojibor Rahman Sarwar, also Barisal city BNP president, told journalists after facing the nomination board that he would contest the election if the party chose him.
Incumbent Barisal mayor Ahsan Habib Kamal, who also faced the board, may not get party nomination this time as he has become isolated from BNP’s local leaders and activists, party leaders said.
BNP was yet to finalise its mayor candidates till filling of this report at 11:00pm.
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