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V for Ivy

History revisits as she emulates father's feat to post landslide victory against party's favour; Ashraf hails

Women line up to cast vote at the Srama Kalyan Kendra in Bandar during the Narayanganj City Corporation polls. The election saw a strong turnout yesterday. Photo: Palash Khan

History has repeated itself in Narayanganj city. Selina Hayat Ivy won the peaceful mayoral polls yesterday, defeating the ruling Awami League-backed candidate Shamim Osman by over one lakh votes.

Her father Ali Ahmed Chunka, a popular labour leader, won the Narayanganj municipality chairman polls in 1974 without the support of his own party, the then ruling AL.

In the prestigious battle of the ballot, Ivy, vice-president of Narayanganj city AL, polled 180,048 votes to Shamim's 78,705 votes.

Though the BNP-backed mayoral candidate Taimur Alam Khandaker had announced a boycott of the polls only hours before voting commenced, he garnered 7,616 votes.

Returning Officer Biswas Lutfur Rahman announced the unofficial results at the polls control room around 1:00am today. He said the voter turnout had been 69.92 percent.

Confident of victory through observing the trends of early results, Ivy in her instant reaction thanked the people for their wholehearted support to her and their contribution to making the polls free and fair.

"Defying fears of violence they came out of their homes and gave their verdict against criminals, extortionists and land-grabbers."

"It's a victory of the people," said an exultant Ivy, who portrayed herself as a "people's candidate" on the campaign trail after her party's central leaders had declined to back her in the vote.

Thirty-seven years ago, AL chief and prime minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman picked Khoka Mohiuddin, who suffered a heavy defeat and came third in the electoral race.

This time, Bangabandhu's daughter and ruling AL chief Sheikh Hasina lent her support to Shamim over Ivy at the maiden polls for the newly formed Narayanganj City Corporation.

But the people of Narayanganj had the final say. They sent, according to political analysts, a very significant signal to the political bigwigs.

They stood behind Ivy, who is seen as a candidate with a clean image with a tested career in running city affairs as mayor of Narayanganj municipality. They voiced an emphatic “no” to Shamim, a former AL MP, who is alleged to have deep links with the city's crime ring.

Dr Ivy flew from New Zealand to Narayanganj in 2003 to win the top position of the then municipality by defeating the then ruling BNP-backed candidate. She was re-elected mayor in the polls held in early 2010.

For the last eight years, she administered the municipality with an image of honesty, integrity and transparency. Even her political rivals from the traditionally opposing camp could ever bring any allegations of corruption, nepotism and hooliganism against her.

Like her father Chunka, she is close to the downtrodden sections of society who yesterday honoured her with a landslide victory. Riding on their support, Ivy thus became the first woman mayor in a city corporation.

The polls results also exposed, believe some political analysts, the failure of the ruling AL top brass to read the pulse of the common people in Narayanganj in terms of the kind of leadership and candidates they expect in the future.

AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has congratulated Ivy on her victory. Also LGRD and cooperatives minister, he said his ministry would extend all-out support to her in running the NCC.

Ashraf said the government had achieved its goals -- making the polls free and fair without deployment of the army and with a successful use of the electronic voting machines.

Narayanganj city AL President Anwar Hossain told The Daily Star last night that Ashraf had offered his congratulations to Ivy through an SMS.

AL-blessed candidate Shamim, meanwhile, questioned the fairness of the polls. He said the voting had been stage-managed in favour of Ivy.

An analysis of the results shows that Ivy had done well even in the areas considered as strongholds of the Osman family.

Three other mayoral candidates fared badly as all of them forfeited their security deposits.

Dispelling fears of violence and intimidation, voters came out of their homes in the morning. The polls were held in a peaceful manner amid the enthusiastic participation of voters.

There was no army to patrol the streets of Narayanganj on election day since the government had already disobliged an Election Commission requisition for military presence in the city. Rumours too had made the rounds over the possibility of a militant attack being launched in the river port township.

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It is a conquest of sincere, erudite and valorous contestant. The nation desires such type of leaders most during this debacle of economy as well as prevailing grimy political environment.

: Farhana

The victory of Dr Salina Hayat Ivy in NCC polls has shown how fair, free and peaceful election can be held in the absence of a candidate from the opposition party! Therefore,the question is should such types of election be held in the coming days? No doubt Dr Ivy has won the election fairly by defeating her rival nominated by her own party! The voters of Narayanganj had no other alternative but to choose from these two!

: Onlooker


  • Muntasir H
    Monday, October 31, 2011 09:49 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    People is upcoming now they understand who is what? Our political parties should respect people's verdict. They always forget that people is the root of all power. Congratulations to Narayanganj people for making a history!

  • Anonymous
    Monday, October 31, 2011 08:42 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    It is not a defeat of Shamim Osman but a slap on the face of AL and its leadership. This leadership of AL does not practice what she preaches. Hasina has no respect for people's wish and demand. Does not give a damn about democracy. She does not know or believe in the the democracy of Aristotle, Plato, Jefferson or Lincoln, but her own form of democracy. A democracy of nepotism, corruption, disrespect for basic human rights-a democracy of convenience and self interest only. I am sure, she has been paid back in her own coin. She should realise that none of us are as smart as all of us.

  • S.M. Tofazzel Hossain
    Monday, October 31, 2011 06:38 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Congratulation to Dr Ivy and her voters of N'ganj city poll! They have proved how foolish present AL leadership at the central level. It is the reflection expressing people opinion in favor of peace and positive Bangladesh.

  • Nasirullah Mridha,USA
    Monday, October 31, 2011 06:15 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Voters turn out was conspicuous in NCC polls, especially women voters appearance in drove led the landslide victory of IVY. Now AL policymakers could cogitate in next national polls how they will be field their candidates? Would they be give away nomination to controversial or righteous person who are dedicated to people's well-being?

  • Dr. Abdul Moyeen
    Monday, October 31, 2011 06:09 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Congratulations to Dr Ivy. Its a real victory. The holding of fair and free election also proves that the government was willing to hold a fair election and they have cooperated in all respects. We must not forget that without the cooperation of government it would not have been possible. The government's decision of not deploying of army has not affected the election; rather it proves if the government wants fair election is possible without army. The AL government has not made any efforts so far during their tenure to rigging in election. So, the government should deserve big thanks too.I The media should highlight this effort of government and play a role of changing the political culture of the country.

  • Dr Islam
    Monday, October 31, 2011 04:53 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Our hats off for Dr Selina, we congratulate the people of N' ganj for being bold to say NO to criminals, extortionists. land-grabbers and hooligans. It can be an example to rest of the country in future elections. It showed another picture of the party in power how far they are from public sentiment.

  • Sabir Majumder
    Monday, October 31, 2011 02:50 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Congratulations to Ivy and the people of Narayanganj. I am thrilled by the messages sent by the people in the midst of a dirty, corrupt and sometime violent political canvas in Bangladesh. Go Bangladesh and sent more similar messages to the national leaders of major parties!

  • Dr. Sultan Ahmad
    Monday, October 31, 2011 02:46 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Congratulation Dr Ivy. This victory belongs to the peace loving people, the media, the independent civil society

    and above all to Dr Ivy. The defeat goes to terrorism and extortionist to the AL party leaders and supporters who worked for Shamim Osman.

    Dr Ivy is not only the first elected Mayor of N'ganj but she is elevated as an icon of peace and democracy. Few cautionary advices for Ivy: Don't be proud of your landslide victory. Always keep the members of the civil society and media who supported you in confidence. Take their advice as and when necessary. To the young supporters of Ivy: Never try to take advantage for your support. Provide her all out support honestly. All of you together from N'ganj may become a model of peace and democracy, for which they country is eagerly looking, in the country to follow.

  • RCH
    Monday, October 31, 2011 02:43 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    In real democracy, Dr Ivy would have gone for the Prime Minister ship as a next step. I want her as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

  • Somanath DEv
    Monday, October 31, 2011 02:37 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Congratulations! Ivy deserves it. This proves that

    the ruling govt. did not do any corruption in the elections.

  • AH
    Monday, October 31, 2011 02:30 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Ivy's victory is the victory of people's hopes and aspirations as well as the victory of a philanthropic(Ivy herself). People always bears an irresistible honest-bravery on behalf of their survival in future to resist possibilities of any ill-power. All looters will lose and all philanthropist will win anywhere in Bangladesh in future, we hope. And people herewith proved that they don't need any force to serve their polls. Better they should be engaged in building country's physical infrastructures or in the duties like so rather than letting them eating up public money by idling away time.

  • Anonymous Expat
    Monday, October 31, 2011 02:07 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Narayanganj City Corporation election has a very significant message for the Awmi League government. Although Selina Hayat Ivy is a member of Awami League, the AL put its support on Shamim Osman who was defeated by Ivy. The message to AL is that its popularity is eroding. According to democratic principle, if the party in power is defeated in by-election, it is supposed to resign. But we do not think that it will resign. As there is no triumph for it, it should do a self-analysis and proceed accordingly. It should submit to the will of the people. The strength of the previous national election does not hold good anymore.

  • Bidhan Roy
    Monday, October 31, 2011 01:49 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    The peoples of Narayangang are very lucky because they have Ivy. We need thousands of Ivy not Hasina or Khaleda.

    Well wishes for Ivy.

  • Faqrul, USA
    Monday, October 31, 2011 01:25 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    I feel confident that if given the opportunity the people can choose their liked candidate. This has happened true in case of NCC poll. Congratulation to Mayor elect Ivy for her courageous campaign and grand win. There is no need to beat own dram. I disagreed with the AL, firstly indecision and finally went for Osman. I disagreed to deploy army. I knew that Ivy would win because her clean sheet and creditable media support she would win.

    We need to change the process of selection of our political leaders. Nos of political militant supporters she or he maintains and issue garbage speech every day just be ignored by the media, intelligence group rather tell us their life style, wealth and resources made inappropriately by misusing the power.

  • Fida Likhon
    Monday, October 31, 2011 12:51 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    This is great that people elected the right person Selina Hayat Ivy. AL should sack Shamim Osman or force to retire because Osman has lots of bad behaviors and activities. This election has made it completely clear that politicians like Shamim Osman can not win if votes of people are not snatched.

  • ANM Salim Ullah
    Monday, October 31, 2011 12:50 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    It is the victory against the government. It is the victory against terrorism. AL support to Shamim against the spirit of people. AL should take lesson from this election.

  • Talat Islam
    Monday, October 31, 2011 12:47 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Congratulation Dr Ivy. This is a warning to all those politicians who wants to go to power by force, corruption and back-doors. I also congratulate EC for not bending to the pressure of the govt.

  • AKS
    Monday, October 31, 2011 12:45 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Ivy is heading for a historic victory, congratulations.

    History says: our top leaders hardly learn the lessons of history and bring about their own downfall. When a leader no matter how charismatic, turn his face away form the people to something else to wield on the people, suffers the wrath of people and departs ignominiously.

  • Fuad Hasan
    Monday, October 31, 2011 12:36 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    The result tells that the terror's days are gone. Those demagogues (Terrorists) are to leave the path of terrorism. No doubt that the media again proved it's power. I hope media will keep going on with it's triumph.

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee
    Monday, October 31, 2011 12:34 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    Once again a woman again is the most worrying part; what went wrong with the men in town? Congratulations to Ivy for holding on to the win which indicates a lot to everyone of us. It is a direct slap on AL's face which did not stand by beside her. It is a win for the people and once again it shows strongly that the true power is with the people. Congratulations to people of Narayangang!

  • M U Rahman
    Monday, October 31, 2011 12:25 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    That once again proves people are in favor of fair and honest and transparent political leadership, not conventional politics of terror, sycophancy and loot of AL or BNP. Hope AL & BNP leaders learn the lesson.

  • Shaheen Choudhury
    Monday, October 31, 2011 12:24 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    This is not the election as usual. The fight was between AL and AL(Not supported officially). There was no opposition. DS is trying to prove that EC had a great success story without the army. This is nothing but spinning the news. This is actually the rage against AL. As per the DS approximately 229,000 voted in 143 out of 163 centers. The total vote cast could be around 245000, in the final tally. Ivy received support of part of AL, BNP, Jammat and others. The DS is trying to spin the real massage. The people wants to tell that they are fed up with the present rulers, it is time they change gears or face the consequence.

    Monday, October 31, 2011 11:52 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    People are more conscious now and do not like Awami League and BNP and their destructive politics.

  • Anonymous
    Monday, October 31, 2011 11:42 AM GMT+06:00 (224 weeks ago)

    It's a victory of the general people and honesty against terrorism.





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