Mayor elect AJM Nasir Uddin today promised to keep his words to turn the port city of Chittagong into a scenic and modern metropolis as he was hosted a grand reception a day after his victory in the city corporation polls. “The people have honoured me . . . I will keep my pledges,” he told in response to the reception organised by ruling Awami League’s publicity affairs secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud MP.
Nasir added: “I will perform my duties not as the city father, rather as the servant of the residents of the city”. Supports rallied at the reception at Nasir’s Momin Road election office parading the city thoroughfares under Mahmud’s leadership with and a flotilla of motorbikes and a decorated elephant, his election symbol. Mahmud said residents of the port city gave their verdict for Nasir by exercising the rights of franchise in a festive mood and expected him to lead the campaign to turn Chittagong as a mega city during his tenure as the mayor.
According to the announcement made by Returning Officer Abdul Baten last night, Nasir bagged 475,361 votes while his nearest rival outgoing mayor Manjur Alam got 304,837 votes with ‘orange’ symbol. Besides his role as an Awami League leader in the port city, Nasir also earned repute as a leading sports organiser while he made his debut in politics by joining Bangladesh Chhatra League when he was a student of Chittagong University.
He is the general secretary of Awami League’s Chittagong city unit for the past two years. Simultaneously Nasir is the general secretary of Chittagong Zila Krira Sangstha since 2011 while he is a director of Bangladesh Cricket Board and chairman of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolitan.