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Khokon: City polls as important as mid-term national elections

Update : 20 Apr 2015, 07:35 PM

Awami League-backed mayoral candidate of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokon has said the upcoming city corporation polls are as important as mid-term national polls.

“The upcoming city polls carry the same value as mid-term polls. So there are no chances of failure here,” he said at a discussion held by Sahasra Nagarik Committee, a platform of pro-Awami League professionals, at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital yesterday.

Yesterday was a busy day for Khokon; he joined a debate with other mayoral candidates, organised by the Dhaka Tribune at Krishibid Institute in Dhaka in the evening.

Earlier, he attended a round table organised by the Prothom Alo at Karwan Bazar. Besides, he attended several other discussions and meetings yesterday.

Addressing these programmes, Khokon, also son of Mohammad Hanif, the first mayor of Dhaka city, said the city polls were a fight between pro- and anti-Liberation War forces.

“The BNP-Jamaat alliance is trying to foil the polls; BNP chief Khaleda Zia is campaigning for criminals and terrorists who were accused of subversive activities recently,” he said.

Talking about his pledges, he said if he won the polls, he would organise a dialogue among various professionals, urban experts and the city corporation’s public representatives. 

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