Dhaka, 7 July: In another poll setback to Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League,
the party lost its fifth mayoral election in two months when it was routed today in
its stronghold of Gazipur by the Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), ahead of next year’s general elections.
Main Opposition BNP of former prime minister Khaleda Zia took the
mayor seat at Gazipur, the largest corporation in the country, with a margin of 1,06,577 votes.
“I declare M A Mannan elected unofficially,” the returning officer announced the name of the winning candidate as the counting of votes was completed early today morning. “The margin of Mannan’s victory over Awami League’s Ajmat Ullah Khan was 1,06,577 votes,” he added. pti