In a coincidental meeting, Awami League’s mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation polls Atiqul Islam exchanged greetings with BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday.
Fakhrul went to the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) for joining the election manifesto unveiling programme of their party’s Dhaka South City Corporation mayoral aspirant Ishraque Hossain while Atiqul for exchanging views with leaders of the club.
After Ishraque’s programme, Fakhrul went to the JPC’s Television Lounge for taking tea, where the AL DNCC candidate was also present around 12:30pm.
Seeing the BNP secretary general, Atiqul rushed towards him and exchanged pleasantries.
They also continued conversations for a while flanked by the JPC members.
Fakhrul and Atiqul also posed before cameras at the request of journalists.
BNP standing committee member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and vice-chairman Abdullah Al Noman and senior press club leaders, including Prime Minister’s ex-information adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Press Club president Saiful Alam, vice president Omar Farroque and treasurer Shyamal Dutta were, among others, present.
BNP's mayoral candidate for the upcoming Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls Engineer Ishraque Hossain on Tuesday announced his manifesto promising to work for building Dhaka as a 'world-class metropolis'
He vowed to work for reducing traffic congestions, improve education sector and build a pollution-free capital while announcing his manifesto at the Jatiya Press Club.
In the manifesto, Ishraque outlined 144 promises under 13-point with focus on civic amenities, social works and public safety.
He said long-term plans for developing the transport sector will be worked out considering the population boom in the capital in the coming years.
“Keeping the growing population of the capital city in mind, all sorts of transportation system will be there under a coordinated 50-year-long plan that will be implemented in phases,” the BNP candidate said.
He also pledged to take various steps for ensuring better living-standard of the city dwellers. “To ensure the safety of people, a community-based trained and neutral police service will be introduced. Steps will be taken for the rehabilitation of the hawkers.”
Ishraque also has plans to solve the parking problem, including development of the existing parking system, constructing multistoried parking lots and underground parking complexes in commercial areas.
The BNP-backed candidate also assured that chemical factories in residential areas will be relocated for the sake of public safety.
He also vowed to establish a viable Dhaka with a tax base and corruption-free institutional services.
Ishraque promised to take effective measures to prevent dengue and mosquito menace, and provide accommodation for low-income people. “Accountability in every sector will be ensured, if I get elected the DSCC mayor.”
He also said the development of the country is the only way to improve the living standards of its citizens, including the city dwellers.
Putting emphasis on building a pollution-free Dhaka, the BNP mayoral runner said the encroached canals and reservoirs will be recovered and an effective waste-management system will be put in place if he is elected mayor.
Besides, Ishraque said, he will ensure the development of various roads and main thoroughfares of each ward in the city for establishing traffic congestion-free communication system. "A large number of modern footbridges will be constructed at required points along roads. Escalators will be installed at every footbridge in addition to strengthening the overall safety of the city dwellers.”
"One-stop bus service will be launched in the city while special services will be ensured for freedom fighters, senior citizens, the blind, the physically-challenged people, women, children and the disadvantaged ones," he added.
He also said any corruption in the city corporation will not be tolerated if he is elected its mayor.
"I’ll take a zero-tolerance policy against graft within the DSCC once I get elected," Ishraque said while talking to media people after unveiling manifesto.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP Standing Committee members Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, Khandaker Mosarraf Hossain, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rab, Gano Forum President Reza Kibria and Nagorik Oikya President Mahmudur Rahman Manna were present at the event.
Radwan Mujib Siddiq, grandson of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, made a surprise visit to the campaign office of Awami League mayoral candidate in the DNCC election Atiqul Islam on Monday night and stressed on an intensive last-minute door-to-door campaign to secure victory for the ‘Boat’ symbol.
Radwan, also a voter in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), made the sudden visit at the Banani party office where party leaders along with mayor candidate Atiqul Islam were present.
Speaking before the party activists, he urged all, including party leaders, to reach out as much voters as possible and provide them with voting slips.
During his stay at the office, Radwan who is also a Trustee of Centre for Research and Information (CRI) said party activists need to draw a comparative assessment between the candidates before the voters presenting AL candidate’s proven track record.
Leaders and activists who were present there pledged to put in their best efforts to secure victory for mayoral candidate Atiqul Islam.
Awami League mayoral candidate for the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) election Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Monday said he will make sure that all civic services are delivered at people’s doorsteps if he is elected in the polls.
"There's no doubt that people have accepted our outline of development. If we get elected, we’ll deliver all the civic amenities at their doorsteps within 90 days," he said while carrying out electioneering in Demra area.
Pledging to take necessary measures to create a modern and vibrant Dhaka, the AL mayoral runner said newly-connected wards of DSCC will be provided with all the modern amenities. "We’ll start working setting a priority to build a well-governed, modern Dhaka."
He alleged that BNP is hatching conspiracies to make the election environment unstable.
"They (BNP) are trying to make the election environment unstable. They’ve resorted to evil politics through terror activities...they’re trying to manipulate the elections," said Taposh.
He further alleged that BNP activists are attacking themselves and blaming opponent candidates.
The AL candidate said people will give a befitting reply to ‘terrorist activities’ of BNP candidates through ballots on February 1.
BNP mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls Ishraque Hossain on Monday feared that a move is on to make the field empty before the February-1 voting as a case was filed against his supporters in connection with Sunday’s Gopibagh clash.
He urged the Election Commission to take steps for creating an equal scope for all candidates so that they can carry out electioneering and join voting peacefully.
Ishraque made the remarks while exchanging views with Jatiya Press Club members ahead of elections to Dhaka south and north city corporations billed for February 1.
Prime Minister’s ex-information adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Press Club president Saiful Alam, vice president Omar Farroque, treasurer Shyamal Dutta, former general secretary Syed Abdal Ahmed, joint secretaries general, Shahed Chowdhury, Mainul Alam and former joint secretary Ilias Khan, its senior members, Abdus Shahid, M Abdullah, and Kader Gani Chowdhury were, among others, present.
Speaking at the programme, Ishraque said, “As per our apprehension, a case was filed with Wari Police Station on Sunday night against our 50 identified leaders and activist and many other unidentified ones over the Gopibagh incident. Five of them were arrested this (Monday) morning.”
He further said, “We urge the Election Commission to create an equal scope for us so that we can conduct election campaign and join the election peacefully, and to check the incidents of attack. We also call upon them to prevent the move to make the field empty through attacks and cases what were done during the last general election.”
The BNP candidate said he had been carrying out electioneering peacefully before Sunday’s ‘attack’ on his supporters by the ruling party activists. “Even, I went to many camps of Awami League-backed councillor candidates during the campaign and exchanged greetings with them and sought their blessings.”
Narrating Sunday’s incident, he said the supports of Awami League-supported 41-No Ward councillor runner attacked on his activists from their camp without any provocation, leaving 12 his supporters and 3 journalists injured.
Ishraque urged the EC to take steps so that a peaceful atmosphere prevails until the voting process ends.
He also said Dhaka has turned into a worst liveable, unsafe and polluted city. “I’m a child of this city and I know its major problems. “So, I’ll do whatever necessary to turn Dhaka into a liveable, healthy and safe city if I’m elected mayor. I’ll also devote myself to serving the city dwellers and ensuring their welfare.”
The BNP candidate expressed his gratitude to journalists for their cooperation to his electioneering, and urged them to play an active role during the voting so that people can freely exercise their voting rights.
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain urged the EC to take measures so that people can reflect their opinion through voting and elect their mayors of their choice in a peaceful and congenial atmosphere.
He said though their party’s candidates are being subjected to attacks and harassments, the EC is not taking any step to prevent those and create a level-playing field. “We informed the Election Commission all the incidents, but still they didn’t act. It’s very unfortunate.”
He urged the EC to play a neutral role to hold a fair and credible election on February 1.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said city polls should be held in a peaceful, fair and cheerful manner so that voters can cast their votes without any fear and favour.
He hoped that the media will play a positive role in holding a free, fair and credible election.
Press Club President Saiful Alam said the February-1 elections are very important as around 55 lakh voters, mostly educated, will exercise their right to franchise.
He hoped that the voters will be able to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice as it is their democratic right.
Saiful also said the future mayors will work for making a green, liveable, safe and dynamic Dhaka from traffic jams as per people’s hopes and aspirations.
Later, Ishraque also exchanged views with the leaders of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) and Photojournalists’ Association.