N’ganj polls outcome stuns BNP

Selim Zahid | Update:

BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is baffled with the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls results, according to party leaders.

They termed this result as ‘strange’ but admits their were organisational weakness that caused the defeat.

Looking into reasons for losing the NCC elections, some of the top leaders have found certain suspicious activities in the polls. At a press conference, the BNP demanded a judicial probe into the poll results.

A number of central leaders of the BNP told Prothom Alo the NCC elections took place in adverse conditions and they were dubious about the results because the gap of votes between the two candidates was baffling.

They want to take a closer look at the poll results in order to determine any possible discrepancy.

One of the reasons, according to the party leaders, is the inaction of three leaders -Taimur Alam Khandaker, Gias Uddin, and Abul Kalam -- in campaigning for the elections. Gias Uddin and Abul Kalam are former members of parliament and central leaders of BNP. These three leaders are being criticised after the elections.

BNP top leaders warned these three leaders for their stand. Taimur was instructed not to appear in any television talk-shows, but none of them really worked for the BNP.

These three leaders have also been accused of working for their relatives in NCC polls as Taimur’s brother Maksudul Alam Khandaker, GiasUddin’s son Golam Mohammad Sadril, and Abul Kalam’s son Abu Kausar ran for the councillor’s post. The three BNP leaders did not campaign for Sakhwat as much as they should have.

Taimur Alam and Gias Uddin rejected these allegations, and Abul Kalam declined to make any comments.

The BNP workers alleged that the central leaders were not sincere enough in this election. Some even pointed to lack of coordination.

Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, in charge of co-ordinating the campaigning for the NCC polls, said, “If someone says there was lack of coordination it reflects on me, but I’ve tried my level best to coordinate the campaign and I don’t believe there was any shortcoming.”

But the BNP suspected something fishy from the outset, with the central leaders being barred from campaigning 72 hours before the polls, terming them as ‘outsiders’.

According to the election commission (EC), 62.2 per cent votes were cast in the NCC polls, and unofficially the Awami League candidate Selina Hossain Ivy won in 25 wards out of  27.

Ivy bagged a total of 175,611 votes while her nearest contender BNP’s Sakhawat Hossain Khan polled 96,044 votes.

However, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said at a press conference, “The voting atmosphere was intimidating for the voters, which was reflected at the centres where few voters were seen, though the results show 80 per cent votes were cast.”

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