The candidates from two sides came together at the Hazrat Amanat Shah (R) shrine
In a rare and welcome scene, BNP Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman and Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, organizing secretary of Awami League, embraced each other when they crossed paths while campaigning in Chittagong city.
According to eyewitnesses, both leaders came to Hazrat Amanat Shah (R) shrine in the city's Laldighi Par area on Tuesday. Later, they embraced each other and exchanged pleasantries.
Contestants along with their supporters began their electoral campaign in 16 constituencies of Chittagong as electioneering formally kicked off soon after the candidates were allocated polls symbols.
Chittagong city BNP President Dr Shahadat Hossain's supporters began the electoral campaign from the party's Nasiman Bhaban office in the city. Dr Shahadat who is now behind bars is contesting from Chittagong 9 constituency.
As per rules and regulations of the Election Commission, the candidates will continue their campaign till midnight on December 28, ahead of 32 hours of voting day slated for December 30.
This time a total of 180 aspirants submitted nominations wishing to contest the forthcoming 11th parliamentary polls. The Election Commission invalidated 47 nominations after scrutiny on December 2. A total of 19 aspirants quit the electoral race on December 9, the last day for withdrawal of candidature.
Finally, a total of 114 candidates are now vying for the upcoming parliamentary elections from 16 constituencies of Chittagong.
BNP Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman, a contestant from Chittagong 10 constituency, began his electoral campaign from Hazrat Amanat Shah (R) shrine in the city's Laldighi Par area.
Later, Noman went door to door in different areas under the constituency.
During his electioneering, Noman alleged that the police were arresting his party fellows on a wholesale basis.
"The government and the Election Commission promised of a participatory election. However, they are reneging on their promises. It has now become impossible for to stay in the electoral fray. Please ensure an environment for a free and fair poll. Otherwise, you will remain accountable for any consequences," said Noman.
Meanwhile, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, a BNP Standing Committee member, also began his electoral campaign from a community centre under Chittagong 11 constituency.
During his campaign, he exchanged greetings with the people and sought votes from them.
"There is no level playing field in the country. Awami League is now using the government agencies for its electoral campaign. The ruling party is also using the law enforcement agencies to intimidate people," alleged Khasru.
Awami League candidate for Chittagong 9 Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel began his electioneering from Hazrat Amanat Shah (R) shrine.
Talking to the reporters, Nowfel hoped that the voters would choose Awami League again for the development projects undertaken in the last one decade.
"I am hundred percent hopeful about my win. People have confidence in Sheikh Hasina. Awami League government delivered on its promises," said Nowfel.