Syed Sarwar Alam Chowdhuri :
Local Government election in England will be held on 3 May this year. The hectic political activities, with much enthusiasm of hopeful candidates make Tower Hamlets Borough lively than before. Political activities are much hyped especially in Bangladeshi community in the borough. Politicians, activists and their followers in Bangladeshi community are very much eager in electioneering and winning programmes and they set the agenda for the purpose of ultimate success. Though there is criticism within, but politicians always use different tactics to trounce others, sometimes they forget fair play. Other than main political parties two Bangladeshi political activists-Cllr. Rabina Khan and Cllr.Wahid Ahmed have floated new political platforms-People’s Alliance and Aspire to contest for Tower Hamlets’ Mayoral post. Cllr. Rabina Khan will contest from People’s Alliance and Cllr. Wahid Ahmed from Aspire respectively.
By floating different plat forms both of them have created wide ranging debate in the community. Some local people under the banner of Tower Hamlets Residence Network tried to bring a compromise between them but failed. So, it seems that there is no minimum chance of rapprochement between People’s Alliance and Aspire. The elections of 32 councils will commence on 3 May this year. Casting of votes will start at 7 AM and will continue up to 10 PM on the day.
Existing Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs will contest as a Mayoral candidate of Labour Party. The Conservative Party has nominated Dr. Anwar Ali MBE to contest for Tower Hamlets’ Mayoral post. Liberal Democrat Party has selected Elaine Bagshaw as Mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets.