Business leader Atiqul Islam, rumored at this point to be Awami League’s man of choice for the Dhaka North city mayor by-polls slated for February, has met with the party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Following the meeting on Saturday however, the man told the Dhaka Tribune that the prime minister had not confirmed his nomination and told him the party had a certain procedure in nominating candidates for every election.
Atiqul entered Ganabhaban, the prime minister’s official residence, on Saturday around 2pm and got out around 4:30pm. During the visit, Atiqul and Hasina talked for 15 minutes, said Hazi Tuhin, a close aide of his.
When contacted, Atiqul said: “It was just a courtesy call.”
“I just informed the prime minister about my activities as a mayoral candidate hopeful for DNCC. After hearing about my activities the prime minister told me that Awami League is a big political party and it takes any decision in a systematic way,” he said.
He said Hasina had not ensured him about getting nod from Awami League.
“The prime Minister told me that decision about the mayoral candidate will be taken after discussing at local government nomination board.”
Atiqul also said that if Awami League nominates him, he will contest in the DNCC by-polls.
Earlier, Atiqul claimed that he got green signal from Awami League’s high command and started his informal election campaign.
Following the death of DNCC mayor Annisul Huq on November 30, the mayoral post was declared vacant from December 1.
According to law, the Election Commission will now have to hold a by-poll to elect a new mayor within 90 days for the rest of the DNCC’s tenure. The EC has said the commission is ready to hold the by-poll for the mayoral post within given time.