Grand alliance nominee Fazle Hossain Badsha receiving a 'boat' as polls symbol at a campaign meeting at Rajshahi Zila Parishad auditorium yesterday. Photo: STAR
Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and local Awami League (AL) have finally extended their support to grand alliance candidate Fazle Hossain Badsha in Rajshahi-2 constituency in the upcoming parliamentary election. However, frustration of Badsha, also a Politburo member of Workers' Party, is still to end as he is facing opposition from a group in his own party.
Over 100 leaders and activists of Workers Party (WP) and its youth front Jubo Moitree (JM) left the parties and joined BNP yesterday to strengthen hands of Badsha's rival BNP candidate Mizanur Rahman Minu.
Liton, also chief coordinator of Rajshahi unit of grand alliance, at a meeting of alliance's workers yesterday, introduced Badsha as an alliance candidate. The meeting was held at Rajshahi Zilla Parishad auditorium.Liton asked all party-men to dedicate them to ensure his victory in the election forgetting the 'bitter past' as he (Badsha) termed the election as a 'war against fanaticism, communalism and corruption'.
But Badsha had to say 'sorry' for his alleged role against Liton during the August 4 Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) polls. Pressurised by Awami League (AL) high command, local AL held a six-hour extended meeting of party workers at Rajshahi city AL office Friday evening. AL workers at the meeting demanded of Badsha to say 'sorry' for not taking part in Liton's election campaign in RCC polls and telling his party men not to vote for Liton, meeting sources said. Later at around 9pm, Liton and Badsha arrived at the meeting. As Badsha said 'sorry' at the meeting, Liton asked party men to make sure Badsha's victory. Earlier in the morning, about 105 leaders and activists of WP and JM joined BNP at BNP candidate Mizanur Rahman Minu's election office at Sona Dighi crossing. Minu welcomed the group led by former Jubo Moitree president Mahfujul Hasnain Hikol. The 105 activists are among 300 who resigned from their parties in September protesting what they called 'wrong decisions' of senior leaders during August 4 RCC polls. Meanwhile, Rajshahi city WP general secretary Liakat Ali said that the renegades were expelled from the parties many times earlier for anti-party activities.