Salim Osman becomes BKMEA president for 5th term in ‘polls drama’

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 04,2019


AKM Salim Osman

AKM Salim Osman has been re-elected president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association for the term of 2019-21, the fifth term in a row.

Salim is also a lawmaker of Jatiya Party from Narayanganj-5 and brother of ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman.

Requesting anonymity, a number of BKMEA members criticised Salim Osman for holding the top post of the trade body for so many years.

In a press release, the BKMEA on September 2 said that Salim Osman was unwilling to take part in the trade body’s elections this year but he was compelled to buy the nomination paper as knit factory owners announced that without Salim they would not participate in the polls.

‘Everybody knows what happened in the elections. It was a drama staged by Salim to grab the top position of the trade body,’ said one of the newly elected directors of the BKMEA.

The BKMEA Election Board on Thursday announced that Salim Osman was elected unopposed as no other panel submitted nomination papers for the elections, said a press release.

Earlier on September 22, the last day for submitting nomination papers for the 27 directorship posts, the same number of candidates submitted their nomination papers.

The election board of the trade body on Thursday announced that all 27 candidates, under a panel led by Salim, were elected unopposed as per the Trade Organisation Ordinance as there were no opponents.

Of the 27 candidates, Mohammed Hatem was elected first vice-president, Amal Poddar second vice-president, Gauhar Siraj Jamil third vice-president and Morshed Sarwar (Sohel) was elected vice-president (finance). Former Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry vice-president Mohammad Ali was the chairman of the BKMEA election board.

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