In the Thakurgaon Ranishankail municipality election, 7 rebel mayoral candidates from the Awami League and one from the BNP remained adamant in their decision. Although the last day for withdrawal of nominations was till 5 pm on Monday, none of the rebel candidates of Awami League and BNP withdrew their nominations.
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The rebels of Awami League nominee Mostafizur Rahman are: Municipal Awami League secretary VP Rafiul Islam, Upazila Juba League president, and current mayor Alamgir Sarkar, Juba League finance secretary Abdul Khaleq, Upazila Swechchhasebak League president Nowroz Kauser Kanan Awami League leader Istegar Ali is a member of the Awami League. And Sadhan Basak, secretary of Upazila Puja Udjapan Parishad, former BCL leader Rukunul Islam Dollar. BNP nominee Mahmudun Nabi Panna Biswas’s rebel candidate is former mayor Mekhalesur Rahman, a member of the municipal BNP. The BNP rebel is again the elder brother of Upazila BNP general secretary Ataur Rahman and municipal BNP vice-president Jabibar Rahman and secretary Khalilur Rahman.
Regarding the non-withdrawal of candidatures, Upazila Swechchhasebak League president Nowroz Kauser Kanan and municipal BNP secretary Rafiul Islam said the party candidates should not evaluate any of the candidates who have already spent a lot of time in politics including various social activities in the municipality without giving priority to local popularity. So rebellious against. They complained that the nominee did not spend much time in business politics. Moreover, he had no prior preparation for the election. He has been nominated by some district and Upazila A-League leaders for unknown reasons. Incumbent Municipal Mayor Alamgir Sarkar said, “I have been running the municipality for the last five years with a good reputation. My popularity among the local voters is not less. Even then he did not nominate me. So I became a candidate at the request of local leaders and ordinary voters. He also commented that he would win the election. However, his statement could not be obtained as it was not possible to contact BNP rebel candidate Mokhlesur Rahman.
Akhin Sarkar, Upazila Election Officer, said that till the last day of submission of nomination forms till January 17, 12 candidates for the post of mayor, 33 candidates for the post of reserved councilor, and 13 candidates submitted the nomination forms to the office of the Municipal Election Returning Officer. After the selection of candidates on January 19, all the nominations were declared valid. Yesterday was the last day to withdraw nomination forms till 5 pm on Tuesday (January 26). On the same day, Fazlur Rahman, a councilor candidate of the 8th ward of the municipality, withdrew his candidacy citing family problems. Moreover, no other candidate has withdrawn the nomination form. He also said that the symbol will be allotted on Wednesday.