BNP’s Sakhawat says he won’t pull out of Narayanganj mayor race
Senior Correspondent, from Narayanganj bdnews24.com
Published: 2016-12-20 23:58:45.0 BdST Updated: 2016-12-20 23:59:50.0 BdST
Dispelling the Awami League's doubt that the BNP will again withdraw its candidate from Narayanganj City Corporation polls at the last minute, its candidate Sakhawat Hossain Khan says he will not pull out of the race.
He says the then BNP candidate Taimur Alam Khandaker had to step aside following the party's decision hours before the voting in 2011.
"I will fight to the end," he told bdnews24.com by the end of the last campaign day on Tuesday.
"Please don't tell me anything about the last elections. Shamim Osman was Sheikh Hasina's candidate at that time. And the BNP candidate stepped aside to ensure defeat of Sheikh Hasina's candidate.
"Ivy is Sheikh Hasina's candidate this time. And what will we do to defeat Sheikh Hasina's candidate? We will stay in the race until the end," Khan said.
Taimur had expressed his frustration after the elections over Khaleda's decision to pull him out.
Ivy defeated Shamim in 2011 with a heavy margin, and she is contesting the elections this time on the Awami League's ticket.
On Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's orders, Shamim recently announced support for Ivy.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday, recalling the 2011 polls, said losing before election is the BNP's 'old habit'. He doubts the BNP will be in the race until the end.
Though no unwanted incident has occurred until now, he still fears disorder and has been demanding deployment of army.
"Everyone saw what happened in the last elections. Even so, we hope the elections will be fair this time. This is the people's hope too.
"We expect the government and the Election Commission will fulfil their hope," he said.
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