Saturday, December 13, 2008

Local AL's support for Badsha still in doubt

Campaign Kicks Off In Rajshahi-2

Awami League-led grand alliance candidate Fazle Hossain Badsha yesterday began election campaign in Rajshahi-2 constituency. However, amid doubt about full support of local Awami League, BNP candidate former Rajshahi City Corporation mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu, who is accused in five cases including three for graft, is eyeing an easy sail in the election race from the constituency. During the press conference organized on the occasion of Badsha's campaign launching at Rajshahi City AL office yesterday noon, Badsha, remained silent when asked about the doubt about local AL's support for him. “If we get full support from Awami League, there will be chance to answer the rigging in 2002 Rajshahi city polls when Minu defeated Badsha,” said Debashis Pramanik, a follower of Badsha. “But we are still in doubt about the support,” he added. But Shafikur Rahman, Rajshahi city AL acting general secretary and the district coordinator of grand alliance, assured full support for Fazle Hossain Dadsha, saying, “We all will work together for Badsha as we consider the upcoming election as war against war criminals, militancy, terrorism and corruption.”The doubt about local AL's support for Badsha gripped his supporters as Rajshahi Mayor Khairuzzaman Liton had cordial interactions with Minu during Eid vacation. RCC authorities in a press release on Thursday said RCC Mayor Liton and former RCC mayor Minu during an Eid reunion programme promised to work together for the city's development.Several anxious party men have questioned Liton's election promise to making public Minu's corruptions.“How can an opposite party candidate with allegation of corruption meet Mayor Liton just ahead of election, when Liton stays away from Badsha's meeting?” said an AL man requesting anonymity.Badsha and Minu contested in Rajshahi mayoral election in 2002 when Minu secured 87,700 votes and won the election by over 14,000 votes. Badsha later lodged a case of poll rigging at some 20 polling centres. Badsha will now need support of Liton who won the August 4 Rajshahi mayor election defeating BNP candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul by some 24,000 votes.Badsha-Liton rivalry started before the August 4 RCC polls this year when both of them demanded candidature. Badsha later withdrew paving way for Liton and he now seeks his return, said party men.

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