Although the ruling Awami League’s candidate was defeated in the recently concluded Gazipur City Corporation elections, the general secretary of the party, Obaidul Quader, feels that democracy has won. He congratulated the winning independent candidate Zayda Khatun.
Obaidul Quader said this in a rally in front of the Awami League central office on Bangabandhu Avenue on Friday (May 26) afternoon.
Voting was held in Gazipur, the country’s largest city corporation, on Thursday (May 25). Awami League’s boat symbol candidate Azmat Ulla Khan was defeated by a margin of more than 16 thousand votes. The winning independent candidate Zayda Khatun is the mother of former mayor Jahangir Alam. Jahangir was recently expelled from Awami League forever. In 2018, he was elected city father on a boat ticket. However, in 2021, he was expelled from the party for insulting Bangabandhu and the liberation war, and was also dismissed from the post of mayor.
Claiming the victory of democracy in the Gazipur elections, Obaidul Quader said, “It has been proved that free, fair and impartial elections are possible under the current government.”
Awami League General Secretary said, ‘The people of the country were more happy than they would have been if the mayoral candidate of Awami League had won the Gazipur city election, but they are more happy because of the free and fair election. For this, I thank the Election Commission, thank the people and congratulate the winning candidate.’
Criticizing the opposition party, he said, ‘BNP has been lying for so long that free, fair and impartial elections are not possible under this government, which has been proved false. Sheikh Hasina fulfilled her promise. Democracy has won more than whether the Awami League candidate will lose or not.’