Awami League and BNP leaders think the Khulna city polls result will herald the outcome of the general elections
The ruling Awami League and its arch political rival BNP see the Khulna City Corporation polls as a preparation for the 11th general elections, scheduled to be held in December this year.
Leaders of both the parties said Khulna city polls will determine the fate of the general elections and they are desperate to win the city polls.
The city polls will be held on May 15. Mayoral candidates are trying to woo voters by pledging a slew of development projects.
Leaders and activists of Awami League and BNP are in festive mood as they are campaigning against each other after a long time.
As BNP boycotted last national elections in 2014, party activists and leaders could not fight against Awami League.
Through the Khulna city polls BNP is aiming to fight against boat and they have taken this election as a part of next general polls.
According to political analysts, the winning party in the Khulna elections will be in good position in the upcoming national polls.
In the Khulna polls, the ruling Awami League has a big challenge as they have to ensure a free and fair election as well as to win the election. If Awami League loses the election their achievements will be vain.
SM Kamal, executive member of Awami League, also the chief coordinator of Awami League mayoral candidate for Khulna city polls Talukder Abdul Khaleque’s election campaign, said their party takes each and every election seriously.
“Our party has been in power since a decade and the Awami League-led government is behind every development of Bangladesh. We hope people will choose the Awami League candidate to continue the development process,” he said.
However, he admitted that the results of Khulna city polls will have an impact on the upcoming general elections in this area.
BNP candidate Nazrul Islam Monju said people are fed up with the Awami League-led government for their looting behavior. People of Khulna will vote for ‘paddy sheaf’. Winning in the election will be a milestone for BNP to carry the next general polls.
He anticipated that Awami League will try to snatch ballots in order to prevent BNP from winning in the elections.