BNP councillor candidates for city polls allege party negligence

Aditto Rimon
Published : 00:00, Feb 18, 2020 | Updated : 00:00, Feb 18, 2020

A general view of BNP’s Nayapaltan headquarters in Dhaka. PHOTO/BANGLA TRIBUNEBNP councillors who competed in the recently concluded city corporation elections have alleged they were not given support by BNP central leaders during the city polls.
The allegations were made on Sunday (Feb 16) during a discussion between councillor candidates and BNP central leaders.
BNP candidate Abbas Uddin, who competed from ward 13, said: “I only got support from Mirza Abbas but did not get any assistance from anyone else.”
He also slated the renegade candidate who he felt was responsible for the defeat.
BNP councillor candidate for ward 74, Hannan Khan, added: “A fear has taken place at BNP’s grass root levels and unless this is addressed, the party’s base will remain weak.”
Many councillor candidates have said that many leaders did not appoint polling agents and while central leaders worked for the mayoral candidate they neglected the councillor campaigns.
Mayor candidate for DSCC, Ishraque Hossain, added: “I went to several centres on election day and some councillors tried to take part in polls at the risk of their lives and in some areas, no BNP supporters or activist were found. We will take action against those who skirted their responsibilities.”