PM greets Ivy with flowers

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has greeted Narayanganj mayor-elect Selina Hayat Ivy.
Published : 1 Nov 2011, 10:16 AM
Updated : 1 Nov 2011, 10:16 AM
Dhaka, Nov 1 (—Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has greeted Narayanganj mayor-elect Selina Hayat Ivy.
Ivy received the floral greetings after a nearly 30-minute meeting with Hasina at her official residence, Ganabhaban, Tuesday night.
Shamim Osman, the defeated Awami League-backed mayor aspirant, was also there.
The prime minister said, "We want to ensure people's power. We want that people express their opinions, for which free and fair elections are needed."
She also said it was possible to hold a free and fair election in Narayanganj City Corporation since Awami League is in power.
Ivy, the rebel Awami League candidate, reached Ganabhaban at 8pm for a courtesy meeting with ruling Awami League president Hasina.
Her two sons, Kazi Sadman Hayat Shimanta and Kazi Sardil Hayat Ananta, Narayanganj city Awami League president Anwar Hossain, vice-president Haider Chowdhury and district Juba League president Abdul Kader accompanied her to Gannabhaban.
Ivy defeated Awami League-backed Shamim Osman by 101,343 votes in Sunday's Narayanganj City Corporation vote. She polled 180,048 votes in 163 polling centres while Shamim secured 78,705.
The Election Commission asked for deployment of troops but those were not deployed in Narayanganj City Corporation election.
BNP-backed candidate Taimur Alam Khandaker pulled out from the race at the last minute on orders of his party to protest against the non-deployment of army.