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Door-to-door canvassing continues in Dhaka

Update : 13 Apr 2015, 06:50 PM

Mayoral and councillor aspirants for the Dhaka city polls continued their door-to-door canvassing yesterday, seeking votes for the April 28 elections.

Awami League-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Annisul Huq canvassed in Mohammadpur and Lalmatia, exchanging Pohela Boishakh greetings with voters in the areas.

“I have asked for five years from my family [to serve the city’s people]; besides, the country’s largest political party has extended its support to me,” he told a street rally in Mohammadpur.

The former FBCCI president also claimed that the city corporation election is going to be held in a congenial atmosphere and after ensuring a level playing field.

“Now, a congenial atmosphere is prevailing in the city following the participation of all parties in the city polls,” he said.

Meanwhile, BNP-backed candidate for the DNCC, Tabith Awal, began his day’s canvassing by offering prayers at the mazar of Hazrat Shah Ali at Mirpur 1. He later communicated with voters in Mirpur 1 area, urging them to cast ballots for his electoral symbol of bus – to make Dhaka a clean and developed city.

Talking to journalists, Tabith alleged the ruling party-backed mayoral candidate was violating the election code of conduct, while the Election Commission was reluctant about creating a level playing field.

He also claimed that many councillor candidates were still behind bars in “false cases” while many other aspirants were unable to campaign fearing arrest and harassment by the police.

The Mirpur 1 area also saw canvassing from Abdullah Al Kafee, the DNCC mayoral candidate from the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB). He campaigned in the area with his election symbol of elephant.

Zonayed Saki, who is also contesting for the mayor's seat in the north, canvassed in the capital’s Karwan Bazar, Tejgaon Bus Stand, Shyamoli intersection and Japan Garden City throughout the day with his election symbol of telescope.

Nader Chowdhury, backed by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), campaigned with the symbol of peacock at Mohammadpur’s Krishi Market, Housing Society, Ring Road, Shyamoli and Gabtoli areas yesterday.

Canvassing in the south

Afroza Abbas, wife of BNP-backed Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayoral candidate Mirza Abbas, carried out electioneering for her husband in the city’s Fakirapool, Arambagh, Motijheel, Bangabhaban Staff Quarter areas.

She said the election manifesto of Abbas might be announced on Wednesday, also expressing hopes that her husband would be able to join canvassing as soon as he gets bail in the cases against him.

Supporters of the ruling party-blessed candidate Sayeed Khokon also canvassed in different areas of the city on six horse-drawn carts. They distributed leaflets and shouted slogans for Khokon’s election symbol of hilsa.

Supporters of CPB and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal-backed candidate Bazlur Rashid Firoz canvassed with the symbol of table in the city’s Kalabagan, Lake Circus, Dhanmondi, Bashiruddin Road, Hatirpool Bazar, Kataban, Azimpur Colony, Lalbagh and Pilkhana.

Meanwhile, JSD-backed DSCC mayoral candidate Shahidul Islam will begin his campaign today with his symbol of bus at Jatrabari Dhalpur areas.

Other candidates also have plans today to canvass among their constituents surrounding Pohela Boishakh celebrations. 

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