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Son pedals van, mother campaigns using loudspeaker

  • Published at 09:57 am July 30th, 2018
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Nadira Begum campaigns for the polls while her son paddling the rickshaw vanCourtesy

With a Tk60,000 campaign fund, Nadira Begum joins the fray  

Nadira Begum’s entire life has been a struggle. She got married after her higher secondary exams but her husband died several years later.

Since then, she has been the breadwinner for her family.

She has braved poverty and competed in Rajshahi City Corporation’s three previous polls. She came close to winning but lost by a small margin.

When other aspirants, flanked by their supporters, campaigned for the polls, Nadira only had her son to stand by her.

This election, her ninth-grader son, Shahriar Ahmed, pedaled a van, while Nadira used a loudspeaker to request the people to vote for her.

Nadira is contesting for a reserved seat in ward no. 8.

She is optimistic about winning this time. With a Tk60,000 campaign fund, she said she could not do much. She had collected Tk40,000 by selling swans—and borrowed the rest from her sister.

Nadira was spotted hanging posters herself.

She said a funding crunch had prevented her from campaigning properly.

“But the people love me. I hope this time I will win and work for the people’s welfare,” she said.