Dhaka-18 By-polls

Electioneering with symbols begins

BNP rivals clash in Uttara

Staff Correspondent

24 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Electioneering for the Dhaka-18 by-polls kicked off on Friday following the allocation of symbols to the candidates.

The Election Commission allocated symbols to all candidates in the morning. BNP candidate and Awami League (AL) nominee’s representative, among others, were present at that time.

Candidates of major political parties were seen meeting the mass people and assuring them that they will take different initiatives for the development of the area if elected.

AL Candidate Habib Hasan, also a former joint general secretary of the party’s Dhaka north unit, began his campaign from the capital’s Uttarkhan Majar Mosque following the Jummah prayer.

Numerous followers and local activists of the party were with him at that moment.

BNP candidate SM Jahangir Hossain, also the president of Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal’s Dhaka north unit, started his electioneering in  front of a mosque located in Uttara Sector Seven.     

Along with the party supporters and activists, BNP chairperson’s advisor Amanullah Aman attended the campaign.

It is mentionable that the Dhaka-18 seat fell vacant after the death of Awami League presidium member Sahara Khatun on July 9.

Meanwhile, at least 15 people were injured as two rival groups of BNP were locked in a clash during an electoral campaign in the capital’s Uttara area.

The clash ensued when a rival group attacked an procession during the campaign of BNP candidate for the by-polls to Dhaka-18 SM Jahangir Hossain. 

Chase and counter-chase between the two factions turned the entire Uttara-7 sector into a mini battlefield, sources said. 

Being informed, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

BNP candidate along with his supporters brought out the procession immediately after the Jummah prayer from Uttara-7 sector central mosque.  Witnesses said, around 2000 to 3000 supporters took part in the election campaign.