Election fever sweeps voters

Staff Correspondent

24 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

With the Dhaka city elections approaching nearer, mayoral candidates from the ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are trying to drum up support of voters in favour of their respective party symbols during electioneering.

On the 14th day of the electioneering on Thursday, they started their campaign through rallies, indoor meeting, visiting door to door in accordance with strategies for votes for ‘Boat’ and ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ in the Dhaka North and South City Corporations polls.

During the campaign of the ruling party candidates, they highlight the achievements and development projects of the government alongside promising for a livable and developed capital.

On the other hand, BNP mayoral candidates took the election as a movement for freeing their jailed leaders alongside restoring the voting rights and democracy in the country. Mayoral aspirant Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh of Awami League and Ishraque Hossain of BNP are contesting the elections to the Dhaka South City Corporation while Awami League’s Atiqul Islam is fighting against BNP’s Tabith Awal for the mayoral post of the Dhaka North City Corporation.

All the mayoral aspirants continued to make various promises for development of Dhaka city while conducting campaign ahead of the city polls slated for February 1.

While addressing a roadside rally near Suhrawardy Hospital, DNCC mayoral candidate Atiqul Islam urged all to carry out election campaign without causing suffering for the people.

“It is my humble request not to create public sufferings during election campaign in the rest of the days. We should not have held rallies by blocking roads and vehicles,” he said.

The AL candidate also vowed to carry out extensive development projects in newly-inducted 18 wards of DNCC area within six months if he is elected mayor.

“All those new wards are neglected. The condition of the roads is getting dilapidated after a little rainfall. There is no market and no playground there. We have already talked to the ministry for taking measures to construct new roads and drains. All are now almost at the final stage,” he said.

He also stressed the need for digital poll campaign instead of poster-based electioneering.

“Still, we are following the analogue system to carry out campaign, but we should go for digital system,” he said.

Later, Atiqul went to Monipuripara, T & T playground at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, West and East Rajabazar, Green Supermarket, Farmgate, Kawranbazar, Nayatola, Wireless Gate and Moghbazar to attend rallies and woo voters.

DNCC mayoral candidate Tabith Awal was delighted as voters of DNCC areas responded to his call during poll campaign.

“A mass wave has been created in favour of our poll symbol after an attack on me during campaign,” he said while electioneering at Rayerbazar playground.

Talking on the Election Commission’s measures over the attack, Tabith expressed his optimism over action taken by the EC.

“The EC have taken all the matter into cognizance which is positive. We will wait till Friday (today),” he said.

DSCC mayoral candidate Taposh alleged that there is no specific development plan of BNP candidates for city dwellers.

“BNP has participated in the elections as a strategy of national politics…that is why they are trying to make election questionable in various ways,” he said while talking to reporters before starting campaign at Mugdapara.

About 18 new wards in DSCC area, Taposh said he wants to provide all the amenities of the modern city in this newly added ward.

“We will provide modern facilities to these wards by taking 5-year long-term plan if he elected mayor,” he said.

DSCC mayoral candidate of BNP, Ishraq said people will give befitting reply if an incident of vote rigging is staged.

“We are in a movement for establishing the rights of the people. We are in a movement to restore the right to vote and democracy. If such a situation happens on the voting day, the people will decide how they will protect their rights,” he said while carrying out poll campaign at Dhaka University area after meeting with Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman.

Earlier, he started his poll campaign from Shyampur later he joined poll campaign in Jurain, Postagola, Arsin Gate, T & T gate, Gendaria and Doyaganj.

The last elections to DSCC and DNCC were held in 2015. Sayeed Khokon was elected mayor of DSCC and Annisul Huq became mayor of DNCC.  Later, Atiqul Islam became DNCC mayor as the mayoral post there fell vacant following the death of Annisul Huq.