Ivy and Sakhawat are trying their level best to attract the voters, but both the candidates are facing obstacles from their own parties.
Locals said though Ivy and Sakhawat had started their election campaign, top leaders of Awami League and BNP did not join their party candidates yet. But both the mayoral candidates hoped that party’s leaders would join their electoral campaign, which will formally begin on December 5.
There has been a long-standing dispute between Awami League nominated mayoral candidate Ivy and Shamim Osman, an influential figure in Narayanganj politics. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had already met with Ivy and Shamim Osman to solve their disputes, but still Shamim Osman and his fellows are not willing to campaign for Ivy, said party insiders.
Shamim Osman said: “I had sent messages to Ivy and wanted to know from her which types of help she needs from me for election campaign, but she did not reply. I am devoted to my party and party president. I will campaign for Awami League candidate.”
But the present scenario of Narayangnj Awami League presents different scenario. Local leaders and supporters of Awami League said Shamim and Ivy again engaged in new conflict for Ivy’s alleged derogatory comments over Shamim Osman’s father and language movement veteran AKM Shamsuzzoha.
Chandon Shil, vice-president of Narayanganj city Awami League unit, said: “We are royal to the party. Though we have disputes with Ivy, we will work for her. But it is a matter of great regret that Ivy had made derogatory comment about language movement veteran and Liberation War organiser Shamsuzzoha.”
However, Ivy claimed that she did not make any derogatory comment about Shamsuzzoha. She alleged that few people are trying to create rivalry between her and party leaders over this issue.
She claimed that we are united and there is no enmity among us.
Sakhawat takes ‘go alone’ policy
Though Sakhawat is BNP nominated candidate, BNP leaders and activists did not join him yet. Party insiders said Sakhawat had got party nod after several dramas but he was not ultimate choice of district BNP for NCC polls.
There has been a long-standing dispute between Sakhawat and mainstream BNP leaders over party leadership. Even BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia had failed to solve the disputes.
As the disputes between them were not solved yet, so BNP leaders are not willing to join Sakhawat’s election campaign. In this case, now Sakhawat has taken ‘go alone’ policy, said party insiders.
In last six days, Sakhawat campaigned several areas of NCC and introduced him as BNP nominated candidate.
During his campaign Sakhawat had faced a great problem. Most of the voters do not known him. Though he got familiarity over sensitive seven-murder case but he is quite unknown face in Narayanganj politics.
On Thursday, this correspondent joined Sakhawat’s campaign in City Bus Terminal, Launch Terminal and other areas. During his visit, this correspondent found that most of the voters do not know Sakhawat by his name. When he introduced as BNP mayoral then they recognised him.
Sakhawat’s supporters and campaign partners wishing anonymity told the Dhaka Tribune that Sakhawat was compelled to move alone as most of the BNP leaders do not join with him.
To solve this problem, on Tuesday BNP chairperson called all Narayanganj BNP leaders and ordered them to work for Sakhawat.
ATM Kamal, general secretary of city BNP, said: “We will work for Sakhawat after forgetting disappointment.”
Sakhawat said: “I did not start election campaign yet. I will start after December 5. Hope every BNP leaders and activists will work for me.”