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Salam, Kabari, Hajjaj back off city polls race

WT24 Desk
Mayoral candidates BNP leader Abdus Salam, Awami League former MP Sarah Begum Kabari and Bobby Hajjaj on Thursday quit the election race of the capital’s two city corporations.  Abdus Salam withdrew his candidature from  Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls while Kabari and Bobby Hajjaj from Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election on the last day of the withdrawal of candidature.  Abdus Salam, ex-Dhaka  city BNP member secretary, quit the polls race apparently as he failed to get his party’s blessings. BNP has already extended its support to party standing committee member and its Dhaka city unit convener Mirza Abbas.Salam was a former deputy mayor of the undivided Dhaka City Corporation.  Popular film actress Kabari withdrew her candidature apparently having failed to get the Awami League blessings, which earlier threw its weight behind businessman Annisul Huq to vie for the DNCC mayoral post.  Bobby Hajjaj is a former special advisor to Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad who relieved Bobby of the post on March 22 as he announced to contest the DNCC mayoral race defying the party decision. Jatiya Party endorsed Bahauddin Ahmed as the party’s DNCC mayoral contender.However, no one of the 12 mayoral candidates in Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election quit the election race. With the withdrawal of the three candidatures, the number of mayoral candidates now came down to 23 in the DSCC and 17 in DNCC. Earlier on March 18, the Election Commission announced election schedules for the DSCC, DNCC and CCC fixing April 28 for balloting.

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