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24 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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DNCC, DSCC mayoral elections

Electioneering gains momentum as polling date nears

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Electioneering gains momentum as polling date nears
AL mayoral candidates for Dhaka north and Dhaka south city corporations Atiqul Islam (1) and Fazle Noor Taposh (2) campaign in Suhrawardy Medical College and Mugda areas respectively while BNP mayoral candidates for north Tabith Awal (3) and for south Ishraque Hossain (4) conduct electioneering at Rayerbazar and High Court areas respectively yesterday. Star Mail Photos

With only seven days to go for the Dhaka City Corporation elections, slated for February 1, all mayoral and councillor candidates of the Awami League and the BNP, along with their supporters, have been carrying out hectic campaign. The ruling party candidates have been dominating the campaigning since electioneering formally started on January 10. BNP candidates, on the other hand, have been struggling in their respective areas.

The AL's candidates, along with the party’s city leaders, have been campaigning almost all day long. Loudspeakers are blaring songs in favour of the ruling party candidates from dawn to midnight. But the activities of the BNP candidates and their supporters are hardly noticeable.

The AL's mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Atiqul Islam, yesterday (Thursday) campaigned in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Monipuripara, West Razabazar, East Razabazar, Farmgate, Karwan Bazaar and Mogbazar areas.

Atiqul called upon all to extend their support to him to rebuild Dhaka by voting for the "boat", and said he would do whatever is needed to make Dhaka North city green and modern.

Atiqul said if elected, he would continue the pace of development, as outlined by the late mayor Annisul Huq, to make Dhaka a livable, secure, and modern city by ensuring all modern amenities.  

He also said Dhaka North will be an enlightened city by preventing environmental pollution, activating Nagar app, digitising and automating of all kinds of transactions and taxes, planting trees and encouraging city agriculture to build a green city, building new playgrounds for children in all the areas of north city, returning footpaths to the citizens, bringing back discipline on roads and ensuring a safe journey for the commuters, and starting development projects for the newly added wards of north city.

The AL's mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, yesterday conducted his campaign in the city’s Khilgaon and its adjacent areas. Former Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders conducted mass contact in favour of Taposh in the city’s Chokbazar area and sought votes in favour of the "boat" symbol.

Taposh iterated that all basic civic facilities would be ensured for the city dwellers if he was elected. “Time-befitting civic facilities will be ensured within five years,” he told the media.

He sought cooperation of all to make Dhaka city a modern one. “I will serve as a public servant and build a developed city,” he said.

The BNP's mayoral candidates are electioneering, seeking votes for the "sheaf of paddy" symbol to expedite the release of party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, and restore democracy. Talking to the media separately, the party's mayoral candidates said their victory would expedite the release of the former premier and they would make the two cities modern and livable. Taking part in electioneering, a pro-BNP intellectual asked the party leaders and activists to remain alert until the voting and counting, so that results are not manipulated. Former Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University, Prof. Emajuddin Ahmed, took part in the electioneering with the BNP’s mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation and sought votes for Tabith Awal.

He said the party leaders and activists have to remain alert for the next eight days, and work hard to get good results for the party candidates. The recent attacks on BNP candidates and their supporters have aggrieved the voters and they will give a befitting reply on the polling day, he added. Tabith Awal claimed that a mass upsurge has been created in favour of the BNP. He called upon the Election Commission to take effective measures to maintain law and order during polling. “We do not want assurances, we want visible action from the EC,” he added.

Tabith carried out his campaign in the Rayerbazar, Zafrabad, Dhanmondi, Shankar, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Madhubazar, Sadek Khan Road, and Mohammedpur Bus Stand areas. The BNP’s standing committee member, Selima Rahman, Mizanur Rahman Minu, among others, accompanied him during the electioneering.

Taking part in electioneering, the BNP’s mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation, Ishraque Hossain, said if elected, he would restore democracy after freeing Khaleda Zia.  

While starting his campaign from Jurain Mazar, Ishraque said there was no accountability of the “unelected” government to the people for the last 13 years. He also said he would also establish the rights of the people and take necessary measures to ensure the development of the city.

He called upon the voters to go to the polling centres on the voting day, defying all the evil forces and vote for the “sheaf of paddy” symbol. “If voted, we will develop the city taking the people with us, free Khaleda from jail, and restore the rights of the people,” he added.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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