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26 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 25 January, 2020 10:37:21 PM
DNCC, DSCC elections

Candidates pass busy hours

Atiqul to place election manifesto today

All mayoral and councillor candidates nominated by ruling Awami League and opposition BNP, along with their supporters, have been passing busy hours for carrying out hectic campaigns with merely five days remaining for electioneering. Candidates of both the parties are making door-to-door visits and placing various attractive promises to woo the voters. They are also busy preparing their election manifestoes for the February 1 elections to the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).

However, AL-nominated mayoral candidates for the polls—Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Atiqul Islam—campaigned in different parts of the city yesterday too. DNCC mayoral candidate Atiqul Islam conducted his electioneering in Ward No. 18. During his election campaigning at Kalachadpur intersection, Atiqul called upon his supporters to make door-to-door visit and seek votes in favour of boat (Nouka) in the coming city polls.

He also promised to unveil his election manifesto today (Sunday) with words to make Dhaka an active, healthy and smart city.

Calling upon all to extend their support to him to rebuild Dhaka by voting for "boat", he said that he would do whatever is needed to make DNCC green and modern.

“If I am elected in the coming city polls, I would continue the pace of development as outlined by late Mayor Annisul Huq to make Dhaka a liveable, secure and modern city by ensuring all modern amenities,” he said. While campaigning in the city’s Babubazar and adjacent areas, AL’s DSCC mayoral candidate Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh expressed his hope that he would be elected as the mayor in the ensuing polls as the city residents will cast their votes in favour of boat on the election day.

“The way people are supporting me during my polls campaigning, I believe they will vote for me in the coming civic polls to help me secure victory,” Taposh hoped. “Dhaka is our pride. If I’m elected as the DSCC mayor, I promise to make Dhaka vibrant and a developed one,” he said. He also reiterated that said if elected, he will install a 24-hour hotline service for ensuring civic facilities for the residents.

About BNP mayoral candidate’s allegations, Taposh said BNP joined the city polls as a part of conspiracy to make it questionable. From the very beginning they have been lodging different complaints against the government as well as Election Commission but they didn’t have any plan over Dhaka city.

Besides, 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.

During his election campaigning in the city’s Mirpur area yesterday, BNP mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Tabith Awal said they will rehabilitate the slum-dwellers if they are elected in the ensuing election.

Tabith alleged that the fire is being started up in pre-planned way to evict the slum-dwellers from the capital.

“The extortion and drug business in Mipur is going on. We’ll work for eradicating those illegal businesses if we are winners in the poll. We’ll not allow anyone to run these businesses. Mirpur is garment industrial area but there is no security of the garment workers. We’ll also work for their security,” said Tabith Awal. Criticising the government for keeping BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in prison this time, he also said the BNP chief does not compromise with corruption and tyranny. “But ironically she has been jailed in false cases. She is not even being given treatment facilities. It will go in favour of Khaleda Zia if you all vote for paddy sheaf on February 1. In that case, no one will keep her in jail.”

BNP chairperson’s Adviser Zainul Abdin Farroque, BNP Sports Secretary Aminul Haque, DNCC No 6 ward councillor candidate Mahfuz Hossain Khan Sumon, No 7 ward councilor candidate Delwar Hossain Dulu, BNP office secretary of Dhaka North City Corporation ABM Razzak, general secretary of Jubodal in Dhaka North Shofiqul Islam Milton, Zia Parishad secretary general Dr Amtaz Hossain, among others, were also present on the occasion. Tabith held a street meeting and had mass contact in ECB points afterward.

Taking part in electioneering, BNP’s DSCC mayoral candidate Ishraque Hossain called upon the Election Commission to play a neutral role on the polling day.

He also 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 party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, and restore the rights of the people,” he added.



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