Electioneering in Barishal, Rajshahi and Sylhet cities has gained momentum amid exchange of complaints by the mayoral candidates from the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP about violation of election code and intimidation of voters.
Both the AL and BNP mayoral candidates are now busy doing hectic polls campaign in the three cities with a bunch of promises to win the hearts of voters.During the polls campaign, they are giving special attention to the young voters as it will be a ‘deciding factor’ in wining the three city polls scheduled for July 30.
As the next national election is five months away, the city polls are seen as ‘dress rehearsal’ for the two major parties and a ‘test’ for the Election Commission.
In Rajshai, AL candidate AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and his BNP rival Mosaddeq Hossain Bulbul are doing dawn-to-dusk mass contact along with the activists of their parties.
Awami League and its 14-party alliance leaders have joined the electioneering for their candidate but no leader of BNP’s key ally Jamaat has been seen yet in the field.
Both the candidates lodged dozens of complaints against each other to the returning officer over violation of election code and intimidation of voters. Liton lodged 17 complaints and Bulbul 16 until Monday.
Liton claimed that BNP and Jamaat men are carrying out propaganda and trying to create an issue with false complaints to destroy election atmosphere in the name of polls campaign.Bulbul alleged that the ruling party is trying to take control of the city corporation area with the help of the local administration.
In Sylhet city, BNP is facing tough situation because of its two rebel candidates- one from the party and another for Jamaat, but the AL is in a better position.
All the AL nomination seekers joined the polls campaign in favour of Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran on Monday. BNP central leaders are yet to join electioneering in favour of its candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury.
Polls campaign in Barishal city has got pace amid complaints against each other over violation of election code of conduct.
BNP candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar alleged that government officials has been giving benefit to the AL candidate and are also creating obstruction to his party activists.
“Fair polls will be held if the ruling party activists go by polls code of conduct,” he said.
AL candidate Sadik Abdullah claimed that BNP activists are threatening voters to not to cast vote in favour of ‘boat’ symbol.