Jamaat played an active role in the 2013 Barisal City Corporation elections but the situation is quite different ahead of the next polls
Jamaat-e-Islami is creating tension among the 20-party alliance through its absence from the campaign trail for the upcoming Barisal City Corporation elections.
Jamaat played an active role in the 2013 Barisal City Corporation elections but the situation is quite different ahead of the next polls, which will be held alongside those for Rajshahi and Sylhet on July 30.
After tough negotiations, the Islamist party managed to secure to get four councillor candidates after receiving support from members of the alliance.
City Amir of Jamaat, Advocate Moazzem Hossain Helal, said the police and the administration “should know better” about the reasons why the party has not been able to actively participate in election campaigns.
“For the past ten years, it has been quite difficult for us to carry out our routine organizational activities due to harassment and arrest of our party people by the government,” he said.
“Two of our activists have already been arrested since the Barisal City Corporations election schedule was announced.”
The Jamaat leader said that despite the “barriers” from the government, they have given directions to their party activists to work in favour of Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, the 20-party led mayoral candidate for the Barisal City Corporation polls.
“We have already sat and had discussions with Jamaat leaders and hope they would participate in our election campaign works, visibly and actively,” the candidate said.
City Secretary of Jamaat, Prof Aminul Islam Khasru, said the party’s organizational strength had increased tenfold since 2008.
“We cannot show it openly so we only send messages to our activists and workers to support and work for the alliance nominated candidate,” he said.