DSCC holds the city's golden past
Dhaka South City Corporation mainly gives the flavour of ancient or original Dhaka, having most of the historic sites, renowned educational institutions and the centre of the country's administration.
The city's existence as a major urban agglomeration has been consistent over a period of 400 years.
From its beginning as a small city with a few thousand people, the old part of Dhaka gradually expanded in the course of time. The DSCC has an area of 45 square kilometres, with more than 18.70 lakh voters.
Suhrawardy Udyan, Lalbagh Fort, Ahsan Manjil, Hoseni Dalan, Bara Katra, and Baldha Garden, among others, are some historic places in the DSCC.
In 1990, Dhaka Municipal Corporation was renamed Dhaka City Corporation and administrators/mayors were appointed by the government until 1994.
The first ever election to the undivided Dhaka City Corporation was held in 1994 and Mohammad Hanif became the first mayor beating his rival BNP leader Mirza Abbas who was a selected mayor of the DCC for two years during the then BNP government in 1991.
After 21 years, Abbas is contesting the mayoral race in the DSCC with his main rival -- Sayeed Khokon, son of late Hanif.
After Hanif's era ended in 2002, BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka became the mayor of the undivided DCC and continued to hold office until the DCC was split into Dhaka south and Dhaka north in 2011.
The government then appointed administrators to run the two city corporations.