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Departure of promising leader

Mayor Annisul’s first death anniversary observed today

Staff CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com
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The first death anniversary of Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq observed on Friday.

Different socio-political and business organizations have taken various programs, including miladmahfil, discussion, and food distribution among the destitute, to mark the day.

They also placed wreaths at his grave at the capital's Banani Graveyard.

A special prayer has been arranged by the late mayor's family members at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Asar prayers on Friday seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Annisul Huq.

A Qurankhawani for Annisul was held at his chamber on Thursday after Zohr prayers while a milad and doamahfil were held at Mohammadi Group's office on Wednesday.

Anisul Haque, who was not enrolled in any political party, had been elected mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCCC) as a candidate of the ruling Awami League in 2015. According to the promise of building the capital as a clean, safe and 'smart' city, he was discussed and appreciated by several initiatives.

After assuming office in July 2015, the late mayor Annisul Huq only wanted a few years to change Dhaka city and we, the city dwellers, were keenly observing his ambitious plans and wondering if those plans were at all achievable. To our surprise and delight, he had materialized many of his plans that once seemed unrealistic to many.

During the two and a half years that he led the DNCC, the city saw some qualitative changes. His bold initiative of reclaiming parts of the Shatrasta intersection in Tejgaon area from the clutches of truck owners was exemplary. The eviction drive faced obstruction from transport workers and violent clashes ensued but Annisul Huq refused to back away and eventually the area was cleared. Another remarkable success of this charismatic mayor was the opening up of Gabtoli Bus Terminal which eased traffic congestion in the area remarkably and made entering the city from Savar much easier. He also tried to rid the city of the hideous billboards that sprang up everywhere and he motivated people to plant trees to make Dhaka green again. He also did a great job of improving Dhaka's garbage management system, an area which was largely neglected until his initiative.

He was a well-known personality even before becoming a public representative as he was a popular TV host and a successful business leader. He had the rare ability to motivate and engage people with his works. After he passed away on November 30, 2017, the DNCC cleaners worked an hour overtime to pay tribute to him—a unique way to pay tribute to someone in this country. This is just one example of how he made people love their work.

In 1952, Anisul Haque was born in Companyganj upazila of Noakhali district. He was graduated from Rajshahi University (Honors) and did masters in Economics from University of Chittagong. He gained Popularity as a television presenter in the 1980s. Bangladesh Television featured in two programs called 'Anandaamela' and 'Antarale' by him. He was a successful businessman also. In 1986, he established business organization named 'Mohammadi Group'. His business includes electricity, information technology, housing, agro-based industries, and garments. DG Zadu broadband and the ownership of citizen televisions are also of his business group.

Between 2005 and 2006, he was the President of BGMEA and in 2008, he was elected FBCCI President, the top organization of the business. From 2010 to 2012, Anisul elected the President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Besides, he was also the President of BIPPA, an organization of power generation companies in Bangladesh

However, it is sad that many of his unfinished works and initiatives to improve the city came to a standstill after his death. We urge the DNCC as well as the government to continue on with the unfinished works of the late mayor. On his first death anniversary, let's not mourn his absence by citing what he could have achieved if he were with us. Instead, let us take strength from this dynamic personality, celebrate his undeniable achievements and work together to fulfill his vision of making Dhaka a better place to live in.

On November 30 last years, Annisul Huq passed away in a London hospital at the age of 65.

Annisul, who led apex trade bodies like the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI) and was also a former TV show host, was elected mayor of Dhaka North on Awami League ticket in 2015.

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