Dhaka, Bangladesh
Plenty of pledges for uplift to woo voters in city polls

Plenty of pledges for uplift to woo voters in city polls

News Desk: The mayoral and councillor aspirants of the two Dhaka City Corporations launched vigorous campaigns with various promises in different parts of the capital on Friday with a festive mood. Awami League-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) election Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said there will be no waterlogging in the capital if he is elected mayor. "I will work for resolving the waterlogging problem in the city, if I am elected in the upcoming polls. We want to build a clean Dhaka for its dwellers through a master plan," Taposh said this in front of Madhwa Gaudiya Math in Narinda area in the city during election campaign. Taposh said millions of people are living in the city but they are not getting their desired services. "I will give emphasis on waste management, air pollution control, green environment, playground, tackling traffic jam and corruption if elected," he said. AL mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Atiqul Islam assured the townspeople that he would take befitting steps to recover the city's playground which have been illegally occupied by vested quarters for long. "If I am elected in Dhaka City Corporations' polls, I will retrieve those occupied playgrounds of the city to facilitate sports for youth to make the city free from drugs and crime, engaging youths to the sports which is the best possible option," he told journalists. He was talking to them after a friendly cricket match at Youth Club in city's Gulshan area. The mayoral aspirant took part in the match. Later, Atiqul, accompanied by several AL leaders and activists, conducted electioneering at different parts of Gulshan area. BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Ishraque Hossain on Friday said he will announce his election manifesto on Monday. "The ruling party has been in power for a long time but failed to give the people anything. I think they won't be able to change the city and ensure the residents' rights this time too," he said while campaigning in the city's Faridabad area after weekly Jum'ah prayers. "I share my plan with the voters during election campaign daily but I'll formally announce election manifesto on January 27," he said. "Go to polling stations and vote for us," he said. Later, Ishraque campaigned in several wards of Old Dhaka and solicited votes for Sheaf of Paddy - BNP's electoral symbol. BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Tabith Awal conducted campaign in Badda area. Meanwhile, DSCC mayoral candidate of Islami Andolan Bangladesh Maulana Abdur Rahman also carried out day-long canvassing in parts of the city including Kamrangirchar, Government Madrasah-E-Alia playground, Topkhana Road and Jurain area. (Inputs taken from agencies)

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