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POST TIME: 25 January, 2020 01:43:19 AM
AL, BNP manifestoes likely this week
DNCC, DSCC mayoral elections
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

AL, BNP manifestoes likely this week

Awami League (AL) and BNP mayoral candidates for the Dhaka city polls are going to place their electoral manifestoes separately through press conferences this week. Atiqul Islam, the AL candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will place his election manifesto on January 26. Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, the ruling party candidate Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), will release his manifesto sometime this week.

BNP candidates Tabith Awal for DNCC and Ishraque Hossain for DSCC will declare their poll manifestoes separately on January 27. Tabith is likely to announce the poll manifesto at chairperson’s Gulshan office, while Ishraque will do so at the party central office, according to sources.

“Atiqul Islam will unveil his election manifesto through a press conference at 10.30am at Lake Shore hotel in the city on Sunday,” Saifuddin Imon, media coordinator of Atiqul Islam, told The Independent yesterday.

Insiders say that Atiqul has made a lot of lofty promises in his manifesto.

The DNCC mayoral hopeful has promised to take steps to modernise the city’s traffic management and drainage system. He has also pledged to prevent environmental pollution, activate the Nagar app, digitise and automate of all kinds of transactions and taxes, plant trees to make a green city, build new playgrounds for children, return pavements to pedestrians, bring back discipline on roads to ensure a safe journey for commuters, and star development projects for the newly added wards under north city.

On his part, Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has prepared his election manifesto with a lot of promises to turn the historic old Dhaka into a beautiful city. He has promised basic civic facilities for citizens within 90 days if elected.

He has also promised that DSCC will remain

open for the city dwellers 24/7. He assured that he would hear the problems of the residents and take necessary steps to resolve those.

Taposh yesterday promised that if elected, he would resolve the issue of waterlogging in the city once and for all. “We want to build a clean Dhaka through a master plan,” he added.

He was speaking this in front of Madhwa Gaudiya Math in Narinda area during his election campaign. AL leader Mofazzal Hossain Cowdhury Maya, ward councillors, Jubo league leaders among others accompanied him during campaigning.   

Taposh said millions of people in the city were not getting their desired services. “If elected, I will ensure efficient waste management, traffic management, and air pollution control. I will also ensure a green environment and build playgrounds. I will root out corruption,” he added.

The BNP mayoral candidates also campaigned in the city yesterday. Speaking at a roadside rally at Badda Lutfun Tower, Tabith Awal said he was attacked by his opponents as part of a conspiracy to keep them away from contesting the polls. “But we won’t go back,” he asserted.

Referring to the death toll from dengue fever in recent times, the BNP mayoral candidate said if elected, he would investigate why dengue had reached epidemic proportions and take legal action against those who had failed to discharge their duty to prevent the disease.

ASM Abdur Rab, president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, a component of Jatiya Oikyafront, said they took part in the city polls as part of their movement

to free BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and restore democracy.

He also called upon the police administration to play a neutral role and not go against the people.

BNP leaders Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Shamsuzzaman Dudu, among others, accompanied Tabith during electioneering.

Talking to reporters, another BNP mayoral candidate, Ishraque Hossain, said the AL had failed to improve the living conditions of people despite being in power for the last 13 years.

He campaigned in different parts of the old city, including Faridabad and Bangla Bazar, and sought votes for the sheaf of paddy symbol of the BNP.

In another development, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that the ruling party was conspiring to prevent the BNP’s victory in the civic polls. “The AL has become politically bankrupt. It’s now conspiring to thwart our victory in the city polls,” he said.

Fakhrul was talking to reporters after offering fateha at the grave of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko at the Banani graveyard, marking his fifth death anniversary.

He alleged that the ruling party was attacking BNP candidates and supporters to force them to quit the city election race. He said no one would be able to prevent the victory of Tabith Awal and Ishraque Hossain in the upcoming civic polls.

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