The mayoral campaign for the upcoming Gazipur City Corporation election is yet to get momentum as the Awami League and BNP aspirants could not get support from their local key leaders.
City unit AL President Azmat Ullah and immediate past BNP mayor Abdul Mannan, who were denied nominations, have remained inactive in lending support to the mayoral candidates, said party insiders.
Such a situation is also widening divisions among the grassroots leaders and activists of the two major political parties, they said.
However, supporters of nominated candidate Jahangir Alam from AL and Hasan Uddin Sarker from BNP hoped Azmat and Mannan would finally join the campaigns forgetting their “disappointment”.
Asked, Azmat said, “It is not necessary that he will have to carry out campaigns being with the candidate all the time.”
On the other hand, district BNP President Fazlul Haq said the physical condition of Mannan is not good. That's why he cannot join the electioneering, he added.
Meanwhile, ahead of Khulna City Corporation polls, BNP mayoral aspirant Nazrul Islam Monju yesterday announced a 19-point manifesto to woo voters.
At a press conference at the party's office on KD Gosh Road, Monju vowed to turn Khulna into a model city by ensuring all civic facilities for its dwellers.
He promised to make the city a green and clean one.
People from all walks of life will have access to the KCC office to file complaints, he said.
“If I am elected, I will form an advisory board comprising experienced people and dignitaries to suggest the city corporation on how to serve people in a better way,” said Monju.
He also made a pledge for climate resilient development in the city to prevent disasters and reduce damages of public property.
Monju said he will give importance to tree plantation and ensuring recreation and physical exercise for the city dwellers.
“I will also ensure one-way roads to reduce traffic jam.”
He said women empowerment as well as rights will be his one of the main agenda. The ruling Awami League nominated mayoral candidate for Khulna City Corporation Talukder Abdul Khaleque unveiled his 31-point election manifesto for the city's development the day before.
The Election Commission yesterday reiterated its decision not to deploy army in any local government elections, including KCC and GCC polls scheduled to be held on May 15.
EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed was talking to reporters following a meeting with high officials of law enforcement agencies over the law and order situation of Khulna and Gazipur.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda presided over the meeting at Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka.
The EC secretary said they will hold a meeting with Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and mobile operators so that no one can spread rumour through social media over the upcoming city elections.
Speaking to the high officials of law enforcement agencies, the CEC said EC is giving utmost importance to the upcoming city corporation elections, reports BSS.
“The parliamentary election is nearing... So, we are giving importance to the upcoming polls of two city corporations like the national election,” he said.