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AL still popular in Rangpur, says Quader

AL still popular in Rangpur, says Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader says the government remains popular in Rangpur despite the loss of the party's mayoral candidate in the city corporation elections, reports bdnews24.com. "We are still very popular in Rangpur," the road transport and bridges minister said. "Though we lost the mayor's race, we still have the most councillor seats. Those seats are more important to us and we are still No. 1 among them." Quader made the remarks while speaking to reporters regarding the defeat of Awami League candidate and incumbent mayor Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhantu. The seat in the hometown of HM Ershad was won by Jatiya Party's candidate Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa by nearly 100,000 votes. Though elections for councillor posts are not based on party, most of the positions were won by Awami League ward leaders. The Awami League took 14 of the wards, the BNP took eight and the Jatiya Party won two. "Many will make many political comments, but our party's stance is firm," said Quader, who spoke to reporters after placing flowers at the grave of leader Abdur Razzak in Banani on his sixth death anniversary on Saturday. The Awami League leader said the local polls would not impact the national elections. "This was a local government election. It's fine to discuss it in the context of the national election. But will it have a national impact? We are facing the upcoming national elections confidently. We are very confident we will receive substantial support and win by a wide margin." The Awami League leader also praised Razzak, one of the main organisers of the Liberation War. "He was a brave leader in times of crisis. We honour him." Razzak died at a London hospital on Dec 23, 2011. He was born on Aug 1, 1942. Razzak was general secretary for the Awami League and played an active role in the 1962 education movement, the Six-Point Movement and the Independence Movement. He was the Sariatpur-3 Awami League MP until his death. He also served as a minister in the 1996-2001 Hasina administration.

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