BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) Advocate Shakhawat Hossain Khan has urged the Election Commission (EC) to arrange a 'level playing field' for all the contestants, not any favour.
"We don't want any favour from the EC. We want a level playing field where we (BNP) and the ruling party will get the equal opportunities," Shakhawat told the UNB.
Claiming that some 60 per cent voters of Narayanganj city will vote for him, the BNP candidate said he will be elected mayor if the election is held in a free and fair manner.
Shakhawat also pledged to build Narayanganj as a 'Model City Corporation', if elected.
He urged the district administration to withdraw its corrupt officials and carry out drives to seize illegal arms from political cadres ahead of the election.
Shakhawat Hossain has been working as a lawyer at Narayanganj district court for 22 years.
Replying to a query, he said his nomination for the mayoral race will not split the unity of city unit BNP as party chief Khaleda Zia picked him in consultation with other senior leaders of the district.
Shakhawat said all senior leaders of Narayanganj, including Taimur Alam Khandaker and Muhammad Gias Uddin, and party activists greeted him for getting the BNP's nomination and promised to give him full support during the electioneering.
Contacted, ATM Kamal, general secretary of city unit BNP, said BNP activists will unanimously work for Shakhawat Hossain.
Shakhawat played a vital role in ensuring the trial of the perpetrators of the sensational seven-murder case when he was the president of Narayanganj Bar Association.
At a press briefing at BNP's Nayapaltan central office on Tuesday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the name of Shakhawat Hossain as the party's mayoral aspirant for NCC.
On Friday, Awami League's local government nomination board selected incumbent NCC mayor Selina Hayat Ivy to contest the polls with the party's electoral symbol 'boat'.
The NCC polls is scheduled to be held on December 22.