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Zonayed Saki may contest from Dhaka in general polls

  • Published at 09:17 pm November 14th, 2018
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File photo of Ganasanghati Andolon Chief Coordinator Zonayed Saki Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The leftist leader, however, is yet to take a final decision and waiting for the final go from his party

Zonayed Saki, the chief coordinator of Ganasanghati Andolon, is planning to run for office in the upcoming 11th general election, says a source from inside the party.

According to the source, Saki may soon submit his nomination form to contest from either Dhaka 12 constituency or Dhaka 18 constituency.

Ganasanghati Andolon is a member of the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of eight leftist parties which on Tuesday announced that it would participate in the polls, slated for December 30.

However, media reports suggest that some of the senior alliance leaders are not much interested to contest in the polls.

Reached for comment, Saki told the Bangla Tribune: “I will contest in the election if Ganasanghati Andolon wants. I will run for office from a Dhaka constituency as previously I contested for the Dhaka North City Corporation [DNCC] mayor’s office.

“It could be either Dhaka 12 or Dhaka 18. But it will take several days more to take a final decision.”


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Saki had contested in the 2015 DNCC mayoral polls, which was won by late Annisul Huq. However, Saki had boycotted the election, rejecting the results and alleging vote rigging.

On Tuesday, announcing they would join the general polls, LDA leader and Communist Party of BangladeshMujahidul Islam Selim had said that their decision was a part of their movement to ensure an inclusive and credible election.

He said that LDA at the same time was also preparing to boycott the election if it was not held in a free and fair manner.

Meanwhile, Ganasanghati Andolon’s central committee at a meeting on Wednesday also formed a nine-member nomination board to select candidates for the general election.