Khaleda Seeks Greater Fund for CCC
Monday, 19 July 2010
Opposition BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has called on the government to increase budgetary allocation for development of Chittagong City Corporation, headed by a mayor her party backs.
Her call came hours after local government minister Syed Ashraful Islam promised maximum cooperation of the mayor and councillors for the development of the port city.
"The new mayor will work for the development of the city dwellers, not the BNP. We will extend all assistance to him," she said while speaking at a felicitation ceremony for Chittagong mayor M Manzur Alam.
She also felicitated all councillors elected from the party.
Alam met with Khaleda at her political office at Gulshan at around 8:30pm.
BNP standing committee members, central leaders and Chittagong city leaders were present at that time.
Khaleda said, "Inshallah (God willing) we will win the next elections if we are united like we were during Chittagong City Corporation elections."
"No conspiracy can prevent our victory."
She alleged that there were attempts to tamper with the CCC poll results and that is why results were withheld for two hours.
"But conspirators could not succeed as the margin was too high."
Regarding making the party in Chittagong stronger, she said, "The city committee has been formed and now ward committees will be constituted."
She also urged for evaluation of tested leaders and activists.
She was critical of Awami League-backed mayor candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, who was defeated in the elections and claimed that he did not do any development work.
Mayor Alam had later placed floral wreaths and offered prayers at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's grave.
He was earlier sworn in by prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office, a month after he won the election on June 17.