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Abbas, Mintoo on hot seats for BNP Mayoral choice
Mintoo, Pintu appeal to reclaim candidature  
Published : Friday, 3 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 46
Staff Correspondent
The 20-party alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) will announce its Mayoral candidates for the two Dhaka city corporation polls on Saturday, sources close to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said.
They said although top aspirant in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Abdul Awal Mintoo has been disqualified by the Election Commission, he is still among top choices of Khaleda Zia and her policymakers.
Elections in the DCCs and Chittagong City Corporation have been set for April 28 and Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed assured that the polls would be free and impartial.
In the DSCC election, the alliance will likely support Mirza Abbas for Mayor. The two other aspirants for the job are BNP's Financial Affairs Abdus Salam and International Affairs Secretary Asaduzzaman Ripon.
Several BNP leaders said former Mayor of undivided Dhaka Sadek Hossain Khoka, a BNP Standing Committee member now in America for medical treatment, is supporting Salam in the mayoral race.
They said Salam's nomination paper works have been handled by a person who is known as a close associate to Khoka.
The leaders also feel that the old conflicts between Mirza Abbas and Sadek Hossain Khoka have intensified on the eve of the city elections.
Some members of the Shato Nagarik, a pro-BNP professional platform, also recommended Salam's name to the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP, however, is worried about fielding a suitable Mayoral candidate for the DNCC elections after the EC cancelled nomination of Abdul Awal Mintoo, an adviser to party Chairperson.
One of BNP standing committee members told The Daily Observer that they are expecting that Mintoo's candidature will be considered, if not, then his son should get the backing of the alliance.
Mayor aspirant BNP leaders Abdul Awal Mintoo and Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu on Thursday appealed to the Dhaka Divisional Commissioner challenging the cancellation of their nominations for the upcoming election.
Submitting the appeal Mintoo's lawyer Mahbub Uddin Khokon, told journalists that his client's nomination had been cancelled due to faulty voters list prepared by the Election Commission.
"We hope for a good result following the hearing," he said.
On the other hand, Aminul Islam, lawyer of Pintu, after filing the appeal, told newsmen, "Candidature of Pintu has been cancelled due to legal discrimination."
"We hope that Pintu's candidature will be declared valid following the hearing," he added. Hearing on both the appeals will be held on Saturday.

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