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Ishraque seeks votes, demands Khaleda’s release

  • Published at 11:37 pm January 14th, 2020
File photo shows BNP backed DSCC mayoral candidate Ishraque Hossain at his election campaign in Dhaka on Tuesday, January 13, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

BNP backed DSCC mayoral candidate Ishraque Hossain campaigned in the area on Tuesday, and in the adjoining wards 73 and 75, covering Nasirabad, Dakshingaon, Nandipara, and Sabujbagh of Khilgaon

A closer look at ward 75 of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) which has dilapidated roads and numerous bamboo bridges across its canals, clearly shows the poor state of the ward. 

With ponds and mustard fields on both sides of the roads, the ward still reminds one that it was included in the DSCC only three years ago and there has hardly been  any development in the area.

Considering the poor state of the ward, the next city corporation election candidates are promising locals they will bring significant changes to the area, especially in terms of infrastructure development. 

They touched upon issues like mosquito control, safe water supply, and sewerage management, topics of concern for voters as well. 

BNP backed DSCC mayoral candidate Ishraque Hossain campaigned in the area on Tuesday, and in the adjoining wards 73 and 75, covering Nasirabad, Dakshingaon, Nandipara, and Sabujbagh of Khilgaon.

Ishraque started campaigning from Nasirabad, with BNP central leader Khairul Kabir Khokon and Mohila Dal President Afroza Abbas present, around 11am on Tuesday.

They also held a brief rally in Nasirabad’s Trimohoni area, where Ishraque not only sought votes, but also demanded the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia who is now in jail for a graft case. 

“This is the first time I’m seeking your vote as I want to be by you,” he told  voters.

Referring to his father Sadeque Hossain Khoka, the last mayor of undivided Dhaka who passed away recently, Ishraque said: “I would like to utilize the experience of my father to work towards making the city more modern and livable." 

“I hope that the DSCC election slated for January 30 will not be rigged, especially if you visit the polling centres fearlessly. That way you can elect the right person and help restore democracy,” he said.

"And once democracy has been restored in the country, Khaleda will be freed from jail," he said. 

The BNP backed candidate distributed leaflets and talked to voters regarding the problems of water stagnation, poor sewerage management, and scarcity of safe water in summer in these areas.

BNP leaders and activists were seen chanting slogans demanding Khaleda’s immediate release. 

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