Campaign causes immense sufferings to commuters and pedestrians
The ruling Awami League-backed mayoral aspirant for the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, has said that he will ensure round-the-clock service to city dwellers if elected at the January 30 election.
He made the pledge on Tuesday afternoon while addressing a street rally in Ward 55 under Jhauchar of Kamrangirchar in Dhaka, as part of his election campaign.
Claiming to be the recipient of support from the voters of DSCC, Taposh requested them to vote for him so that he could win the polls bid by a large margin and serve the residents of Dhaka south city.
“If given a chance, the door of Nagar Bhaban [mayor’s office] will be open to serve every single citizen 24x7, throughout the five-year tenure,” he said.
Taposh, who stepped down as Member of Parliament from the Dhaka-10 constituency to contest in the mayoral race, said he would focus on five goals: maintaining tradition, beautification, good governance and development of Dhaka, along with making it fast-paced.
“Regardless of the origin of Dhaka south city residents, we will work for their betterment and continued development,” he said, promising the Kamrangirchar residents a well-developed township.
This correspondent followed his campaign from the beginning around 12:30pm at Kamrangirchar, one of the most densely populated and poorly developed areas in the capital.
Soon after a brief rally at Jhuchor, Taposh’s campaign moved towards West Rasulpur and on the way, he greeted and waved at people, handing out leaflets to them and seeking their votes.
Reaching West Rasulpur around 2:40pm, the Awami League leader held another brief street rally, making the same pledges.
He also went door to door, mainly to meet the women and elderly of the area.
Flanked by nearly a thousand party men, Taposh was also surrounded by enthusiastic locals, especially children holding placards and seeking votes for him.
However, with a motorcade of 20 cars, including media and 30 motorcycles, the campaign halted traffic from Jhauchar to West Rasulpur, causing immense sufferings for commuters and pedestrians.
Awami League central leaders AFM Bahauddin Nasim, BM Mozammel Haque and Abul Hasnat, among others, joined the campaign.
Ward 55 councilor aspirant Nure Alam Chowdhury and reserve councilor candidate for wards 55, 56 and 57, Shefali Akhter, also sought votes during the campaign.
The campaign ended at ward number 57 at Kamrangirchar at 8pm.