The 20-party alliance will extend support to the candidate whoever gets BNP ticket to vie for mayoral posts in the Khulna and Gazipur city polls billed for May 15.
The top alliance leaders took the decision at a meeting on Friday night at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
“Our meeting has decided that only BNP will field candidates in the Khulna and Gazipur city polls, while the 20-party alliance partners will support them,” a top alliance leader wishing anonymity told UNB after the meeting.
He said Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami representative Abdul Halim who was present at the meeting said he will convey their party about the alliance’s decision as it has already announced to field candidates in the two city polls.
Apart from the city polls issue, the 20-party leader said, they discussed the country’s latest political situation and assessed the current movement to have Khaleda freed from jail.
Meanwhile, 10 mayoral aspirants, including two incumbent mayors, collected BNP’s nomination forms for contesting the elections to Khulna and Gazipur city polls with the party ticket.
Of the total 10 aspirants, seven bought the BNP forms to contest Gazipur city polls while three others Khulna city ones.
BNP’s nomination board will interview the aspirants on Sunday evening at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office and then announce the names of the chosen candidates.
On Sunday last, the party decided to join the Khulna and Gazipur city polls as part of its movement for the ‘restoration of people’s voting and other rights’.
BNP candidates Moni and Prof Mannan were elected mayors in Khulna and Gazipur polls respectively in 2013 polls.unb