Dhaka, Bangladesh
Campaigns in Dhaka polls in fever pitch

Campaigns in Dhaka polls in fever pitch

News Report: The mayoral and councillor aspirants of the two Dhaka City Corporations launched vigorous campaigns in different parts of the capital on Monday with a festive mood. Their campaigns have gripped the city-dwellers with a poll fever. Awami League-backed mayor candidate of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Atiqul Islam in his election campaign on Monday said, "I am doing my election campaign following the electoral code of conduct." He was conducting an election campaign in front of Taltola Market at Khilgaon police station. Atiqul vowed to work to ensure a modern and active Dhaka North City Corporation if the people voted him. Dhaka north city unit leaders of AL and other associate bodies, local councilor candidate, among others, accompanied Atiqul Islam in the poll campaign. The mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Fazle Noor Taposh in his campaign in the old Dhaka vowed to create a developed capital in line with a developed Bangladesh. With that goal to reach, Taposh has identified five sectors to work on to ensure the civic rights of the residents of Dhaka. Taposh promises the city corporation will not lack in efforts if he gets elected. "We want to reach the people with all civic amenities within 90 days of assuming the office, if I'm elected. The DSCC will work for all the people in Dhaka," he said. Meanwhile, voicing doubt over a fair election, BNP's Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral candidate Tabith Awal alleged that the Election Commission has so far failed to take any visible step to assure voters that there will be a credible voting. "I fear the election won't be fair and the Election Commission itself is playing an active role not to hold a fair election. They're making controversial comments," he said. Tabith made the remark while talking to reporters during his election campaign in Karwan Bazar area. While conducting the electioneering in Tejgano area, the BNP candidate said their party-backed councillor candidates are being arrested, threatened and obstructed from conducting campaigns while their election offices are being attacked. "But, the Election Commission is not taking any action in this regard." Tabith said the ruling party activists also attacked his campaign and threw brick chips towards him and his supporters to obstruct their electioneering. The BNP candidate started his campaign on the fourth day from the Farmgate area after placing wreaths at their party founder Ziaur Rahman's grave. He also went to Tejgaon truck stand and sought votes from the transport workers. In a brief address in front of Bangladesh Truck and Covered Van Diver Union's office, Tabith said their party has taken part in the polls with a goal to 'restore' people's voting rights. He urged the voters to remain aware so that no-one can rig votes on the night of January 29, the night before the scheduled voting day. The BNP candidate, however, said the victory of the sheaf of paddy is certain if the voters can cast their votes. He alleged that many plots are being hatched to manipulate the January-30 polls. "But, we'll thwart all evil plans together with people." Meanwhile, the mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation Ishraque Hossain conducted campaign from Tikatuli's Abhay Das Lane. In his campaign, he promised the city-dwellers to solve their problems taking suggestions from them, if he is elected.

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