After losing the Awami League party ticket for the mayoral post in the upcoming city polls, incumbent mayor of Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) AJM Nasir Uddin yesterday told journalists that he was a victim of "conspiracy, propaganda and lies".
"The post of mayor is not the biggest thing for me… politics is my main priority. Had anyone come to me and asked me to leave the post, I would have left it gladly," said Nasir, adding, "There was no need to spread false propaganda against me."
Nasir, also general secretary of Chattogram city unit AL, was looked over for the party's nomination on Saturday, which instead went to Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, joint general secretary of the same unit.
Speaking at a views-exchange meeting at Chattogram Press Club, Nasir said he did not have any grief, anger, or frustration over missing out on the nomination.
"I was just hurt to see false propaganda in social media against me," he said. "My photo with a relative of a killer of Bangabandhu went viral on social media in a bid to establish that I have a relation with the killers, which is hundred percent false… I do not know the person."
"I was inaugurating a business in the port city and its owner was a former vice president of Chittagong University unit Bangladesh Chhatra League," he said.
"When I go to a programme, many people come to me and take photos; I do not necessarily know them all. I had never met the person in the photo [before then]. Now that person may be a relative of a killer of Bangabandhu, but I do not know him," he said, adding that "conspirators" had propagated the photo to spread propaganda.
"I did politics against the killers of Bangabandhu putting my life at risk. I have been doing politics holding the ideology of Bangabandhu throughout my life, and I am still doing politics for my leader Sheikh Hasina. This sort of bad politics was not necessary for just a mayoral post," he said
"I am a tested worker of the rainy days of the party," he said, adding that he would do his best to support Rezaul to win the CCC polls.