With two days left for the electioneering, candidates specially Awami League and BNP-backed mayoral aspirants are carrying out hectic campaigns from early morning to midnight to woo voters in the three city corporations.
In their desperate bid, candidates specially the ruling AL backed ones are reportedly violating electoral code of conduct seeking votes in different mosques after Jumma prayer.
In Chittagong City Corporation, tension is mounting as the campaign deadline coming closure, reports our correspondents.
April 26 midnight is the deadline of electioneering in Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chittagong city corporations while election will be held on April 28.
In the electioneering, candidates are coming up with innovative pledges before them to attack voters.
For example, the Jatiya Party backed mayoral aspirant for Dhaka South City Corporation Saifuddin Ahmed yesterday pledged that he will not take any salary or remunerations if he is elects mayor.
“Instead of I will distribute my salaries and other remunerations to poor and destitute,” he said after offering prayer at Chati Mosque in Kamrangichar.
Saifuddin’s rival, Sayeed Khokon, the AL-backed candidate begged votes after offering prayers at the Baitul Mokarrom Mosque Standing beside the Mosque’s minar, Khokon called upon devotees to cast their votes on his electoral symbol–“Hilsa fish” inside the mosque.
Mizanur Rahman, Imam of the mosque during offering prayer sought blessings for Khokon’s victory.
Talking to reporters he said he has family relation with the national mosque as namaj-e-janaza of his father was held at this mosque. His grand father was also involved with this mosque.
Khokon also pledged to do everything for the mosque if elects. According to the electoral code of conduct, election campaign is restricted in any mosque, temple, pagoda or other religious places.
In a development, the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal backed candidate for DSCC yesterday announced to withdraw his candidacy in favour of Sayeed Khokon.
The AL backed heavyweight candidate for DNCC Annisul Huq yesterday urged EC to do everything, including deployment of army, properly so that voters can exercise their franchise safely.
He said this while talking to reporters at Uttara during his election campaign.
Meanwhile, BNP-backed mayoral candidate for DNCC Tabith Awal was allegedly obstructed from offering Juma’ prayers at a mosque in Tejgaon area as the Education Minister and the State Minister for home were to go to the same mosque.
Abdullah Al Harun Sohel, a member of Tabith’s election campaign coordination team, said Tabith was scheduled to say the Juma’ prayers at Rahim Metal Jam-e-Mosque at Nabisco and carry out electioneering in the area.
Sohel said Tejgaon Industrial Area Police Station operation officer Aminul Islam and a sub-inspector Azizul Islam went to Tabith’s election office in Tejgaon around noon and asked them to tell Tabith not to go the mosque as education minister Nurul Islam Nahid and the state minister for home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will go to the mosque for offering the Juma’ prayers. – Staff Reporter