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Dhaka City Polls: JaPa's Milon promises not to raise taxes for DSCC residents

  • Published at 02:28 pm January 27th, 2020
Jatiya Party nominated mayoral candidate Saifuddin Ahmed Milon announces his polls manifesto for the upcoming DSCC election at the party's office in Dhaka's Kakrail on Monday, January 27, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

He made the promise announcing his election manifesto at the party's office in Kakrail, Dhaka, on Monday afternoon

If elected mayor in the upcoming Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) city polls, the taxes local residents currently pay would not be increased, said Jatiya Party (JaPa) nominated candidate Saifuddin Ahmed Milon.

He made the promise announcing his election manifesto at the party's office in Kakrail, Dhaka last afternoon.

Addressing the press, Milon said: "If elected, I would rather find alternative income sources for  development work in DSCC and the taxes DSCC residents now pay would not be increased."

Explaining his pledges, the JaPa mayoral candidate said ensuring a Dhaka that will be traffic free and clean is at the heart of his manifesto. 

He presented a seventeen pledge manifesto which includes ensuring access to gas, electricity and water, mitigating water logging, establishing a safe and drug free society, freeing Dhaka from mosquitoes, protecting tenants' interests, and liberating rivers and pavements from occupiers.

Saifuddin Ahmed Milon announced he would not take a salary from the city corporation if elected and said he would adopt a twenty year long master plan onward. 

When asked how he would improve the capital's worsening traffic situation where previous mayors have failed to do so, he said: "There is no alternative to widening our roads and this is evident from the development history of our neighbouring countries." 

He also said he wants to take measures to clean Old Dhaka's Buriganga River and build riverside restaurants and hotels. Milon believes that this will be a great source of earnings for the city corporation. "I have other plans as well, but those can be only be ensured after consulting with urban specialists for sustainable development of the city." 

When asked about facing obstructions during campaign, Milon said: "I did face some problems but those were isolated incidents and nothing serious to file a complaint about." 

"There is no chance of me withdrawing from the election this time," he said, answering a question from reporters. 

When asked about EVMs, Milon said: "Despite being a candidate I know nothing about EVMs. But I believe this will help towards a fair election.

"Hopefully this year's election will be fair and there will be a three way fight."