AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, the city father of Rajshahi elected by a huge vote this time

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Md.Yusuf Ali Chowdhury

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 AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, a member of the presidium of Awami League, has been elected the sixth mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation. He was elected mayor for the third time. This time he was elected mayor by getting 1 lakh 60 thousand 290 votes in the city corporation election. His nearest rival, Islami Andolan Bangladesh mayoral candidate Maulana Murshid Alam Faruqi, got 13,483 votes. Although the party boycotted before the election. Rajshahi City Corporation Election Returning Officer Md. Delwar Hossain privately announced Khairuzzaman Liton as the mayor on Wednesday (June 21) around 9 pm. According to the declared results of a total of 155 centers in 30 wards of Rajshahi, Jatiya Party’s mayoral candidate Saiful Islam Swapan (plow symbol) got 10 thousand 272 votes among the other two mayoral candidates. Zaker Party mayoral candidate Latif Anwar (rose symbol) got 11 thousand 713 votes. Earlier on Wednesday (June 21) continuous polling was held from 8 am to 4 pm. Rajshahi City Corporation Election Returning Officer Md. Delwar Hossain also said that the total number of voters in Rajshahi City this time is 3 lakh 51 thousand 982 people. Among them, the number of male voters is 1 lakh 71 thousand 167 and female voters are 1 lakh 80 thousand 809 and the number of third gender (transgender) voters is six. Meanwhile, before the official announcement of the results, Awami League leaders and activists burst into joy. Awami League leaders in Ranibazar of the metropolis cheered victory in front of Khairuzzaman Liton’s political office. This festival spread to the surrounding area. Party leaders warmly congratulated the newly elected Mayor Litton by garlanding them with flowers. Before this, in the 2008 election, Awami League supported mayoral candidate Liton Tala was elected by getting 98 thousand 360 votes. BNP supported Mosaddek Hesse got 74 thousand 550 votes in bulbul tiger symbol. Seva’s voter turnout was 81.61 percent. In 2013, with the support of the 18-party alliance, Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, a member of the central committee of BNP and convenor of the Mahanagar Youth Dal, defeated AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, a member of the central committee of the Awami League and the general secretary of the metropolitan branch, by a margin of 47,000 votes. The turnout that year was 76.09 percent. Then last in 2018, Awami League mayoral candidate Khairuzzaman Liton got 1 lakh 65 thousand 96 votes in boat symbol. His closest rival Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul of BNP got 77 thousand 700 votes in the symbol of a grain of rice. In 2018, the vote was 78.86 percent.

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