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Govt issues gazette declaring DNCC mayoral post vacant

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The government has issued a gazette announcing the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) as vacant.

Earlier, on Sunday, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain announced the post vacant on behalf of the local government (city corporation).

On Monday, the government issued a gazette with Sunday’s date regarding the vacancy.

Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said that the election commission will hold the DNCC mayoral election within 90 days of the gazette publication announcing the post vacant as per the rules of the law.

Terming Annisul Huq as the most successful mayor in the history of Dhaka City Corporation, Mosharraf said DNCC has started transforming into a modern city under his supervision. He started to change the city’s Tejgaon and Gabtali areas, he added.

“It’s reality that he (Annisul) is no more.

The DNCC will implement the initiatives undertaken by him,” the local government minister said, adding that the LGRD ministry will come forward to this end, if the city corporation faced any barrier in this regard.

Replying to a question about new mayor, the minister said, “It would not be easy for the new mayor to go out of the foundation that was built by Annisul Huq. Successor has to be innovative like the ancestor”.

Meanwhile, rumours are already spreading about the possible mayoral candidate for the vacant post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election.

The just late DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq died at Wellington Hospital in London on November 30, after nearly three months’ treatment there.

Mayor Annisul had flown to the UK in late July, he fell ill and passed away at the London hospital. He was 65.

Suffering from neurological problems (dizziness and a lack of balance) for the last several months, he was first admitted to the National Neuroscience Hospital in central London.

The first elections to the divided Dhaka city corporation were held in 2015. Annisul Huq was elected as the first mayor of the DNCC with the nomination of ruling Awami League.

-SAM

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