Dhaka City Polls

Mayoral candidates step up electioneering

Staff Correspondent

19 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

With the Dhaka city elections drawing nearer, mayoral candidates from the country’s two major political parties — the ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — have stepped up their poll campaign by making door-to-door visits to woo voters.

On the ninth day of the poll campaign on Saturday, four mayoral candidates from the two parties visited different areas in the city to seek votes in favour of poll symbol ‘Boat’ of Awami League and BNP’s ‘Sheaf of Paddy.’

All the mayoral aspirants, during their poll campaign, made promises to the voters that if elected they will work for better life of the city people by ensuring all necessary facilities for them.

Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh is contesting the election to Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) against his rival Ishraq Hossain of BNP.

Atiqul Islam of the Awami League is fighting as mayoral candidate for the election to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) against his rival Tabith Awal of BNP.

All the mayoral contestants are committing a various plans to attract city people, particularly young and women voters during their electioneering.

During his poll campaign, Awami League candidate Atiqul Islam urged voters to cast their vote for ‘Boat’ symbol for continuation of the ongoing pace of development.

“Please vote for ‘boat’ if you want continuation of development,” he said while conducting election campaign in Kachukhet area. He distributed leaflets among the voters.

The Awami League candidate vowed that if elected, he will do whatever is needed to build Dhaka a smart city.

“We’ll prepare an app ‘Sabar Dhaka’ and work to solve the problems of the city people through this app,” Atiq said. He urged the people to cast vote for ‘Boat’ to show respect to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ahead of his birth centenary.

Later, the DNCC mayoral candidate carried out poll campaign at Ward 16 on the day.

BNP’s mayoral candidate Tabith Awal during his campaign said their party leaders and activists will help voters go to the polling centres so that they can cast their vote without fear.

“Democracy in the country has been snatched and people cannot cast their vote. But, this time, BNP leaders and activists will give voters the courage to go to the polling centres,” he said while carrying out poll campaign in Taltola area at Khilgaon.

Tabith said ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ will win in the poll if election is held in a free and fair manner.

“We don’t have any confidence on the Election Commission. They failed to create level-playing field. We want to see what they (EC) do in the end,” he said.

DSCC mayoral candidate of Awami League, Taposh reiterated his dedication to the service of Dhaka city people round-the-clock.

“We’ll work to build Dhaka a modern city and ensure modern facilities for the city people. I want to work for building beloved Dhaka if you give me a scope,” he said this at street rally at Jhauchar Bara Mashjid at Kamrangir Char area.

The DSCC mayoral aspirants explain voters over his five-point vision for the development of Dhaka city. 

Ishraq, BNP candidate for DSCC, pledged to build Dhaka a livable city for its dwellers.

“The city will be a livable one if I am elected. We will ensure cleanliness and safe drinking water for its people,” he said this before starting his day’s campaign near Dhaka Collegiate School at Sadarghat.