Two Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed councillor candidates and 20 others were injured as ruling Awami League’s leaders and activists swooped on them at Shahjadpur and Dakkhinkhan in Dhaka on Wednesday. Witnesses said Dhaka north city ward 18 councillor candidate Sharif Uddin Jewel and his supporters were campaigning near Confidence Tower in Shahjadpur on Wednesday afternoon, when AL-backed councillor candidate Zakir Hossain Babul and his supporters allegedly attacked them, leaving 11 people including Jewel injured.
Jewel alleged that the attack was led by AL backed councillor candidate Zakir Hossain Babul in presence of police.
In Dhakkhinkhan, BNP-backed councillor candidate Dewan Nazim Uddin for ward 50 of the Dhaka north city and nine of his supporters were injured as ruling party supporters attacked them while campaigning at Dakkhinkhan on Wednesday afternoon. Dewan Nazim alleged that Dakkhinkhan unit Chhatra League president Bappi led the attack on them, leaving them injured.
They were admitted to the Crescent Hospital in Uttara. BNP’s Dhaka north city mayoral candidate Tabith Awal visited them at the hospital. He demanded immediate arrest of the attackers and demanded the Election Commission to ensure fair election environment. Earlier on the day Tabith Awal criticised his opponent candidate from ruling Awami League Atiqul Islam for his comment that the Tuesday attack on Tabith was ‘internal clash’. Tabith, who was attacked during his campaign in Gabtali area on Tuesday by AL’s ward councilor candidate from ward 9 Mujib Sarwar Masum, said, ‘My opponent Atiqul Islam got afraid seeing the public support for me. He is now in mental disturbance and trying to spread falsehood to suppress the facts.’ Tabith was speaking at a gathering before starting his Wednesday’s campaign in Ashkona Hajj Camp area. He said the activists of Awami League were now disturbed by the behavior of their leaders. ‘They [AL activists] now hate their leaders. They expect a free and fair election, but they are disturbed by their leaders’ behaviour.’
Tabith said it is time to see the impartiality of the Election Commission. ‘The EC sought 48 hours and formed a probe body to look into yesterday’s [Tuesday] attack as it was carried out during our electioneering.’ ‘We have informed the EC and are now waiting to see what steps it takes. It’s time to see their impartiality,’ he said, adding the EC should have been pro-active. Tabith said people will cast their votes for him to give a message that they are tired of corruption and misrule and reign of terror. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Rob, BNP organising secretary Shama Obaid, Juba Dal president Saiful Alam Nirob and Juba Dal Dhaka north unit president SM Jahangir Hossain were, among others, present there. Speaking at the gathering, Rob urged the voters to prevent vote fraud by the AL.
‘I’ll urge you to go to polling stations in the morning and return home after vote counting,’ he said. Tabith later conducted canvass in Ashkona, Dhakkhin Khan, Azampur and Uttara area.
Tabith lodged complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner on Wednesday seeking scrap of candidature of Mujib Sarwar Masum, who is contesting for ward 9 councilor from Awami Lague with the symbol was pushcart and spotted next to Tabith during the attack on Tabith on Tuesday. He in his complaint alleged that the supporters of Atiqul and Mjub attempted to kill him by the attack and Mujib himself led the attack. BNP’s Dhaka south city mayoral candidate Ishraq Hossain requested the police to work for people and condemned the Tuesday’s attack on Tabith Awal.
He said this while running an election campaign in Jhauchar area in Hazaribagh in Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon.
Ishraq made the request to the police saying, ‘Twenty-four hours have passed after the attack; but none has been arrested so far. I am requesting the police to work for people.’ The activists during the campaign demanded release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and sought vote for the ‘sheaf of paddy’.
Former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Emajuddin Ahmed, BNP joint general secretary Habibun Nabi Khan Sohel, BNP leaders — Mir Sharafat Ali Sopu, and Kazi Abul Bashar, among others, were present at the campaign. AL mayoral candidate for Dhaka north Atiqul Islam while conducting campaign in Poolpar area in Mohammadpur said he wanted to use digital banner and other digital means to campaign for the polls as hanging the laminated posters and paper-based poster create destroy the beauty of the city. He requested the EC to issue guideline or formulation of law to stop use of posters in election campaign. Atiqul made different promises to voters including controlling aedes mosquitoes, remove traffic congestion and water logging. He said he would ease the process of holding taxation and the citizens would be able to submit holding tax from home using digital system. Atiqul conducted campaigns in Katashur, Bashbaria, Shia Mosque, Mohammadi Housing and Beribadh area on the day.
Awami League’s mayoral candidate Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Wednesday in his election campaigns in Old Dhaka’s former Dhaka Central Jail area pledged not to increase holding tax further. While speaking at a views exchange with the leaders of FBCCI, Sheikh Fazle Noor said that he would work for the welfare of the city dwellers.
He also pledged that DNCC would be self-sufficient and would stand on own ability and provide services to the area dwellers from its own funds. FBCCI president Sheikh Fazle Fahim, its former president Kazi Akramuddin Ahmed, AK Azad, Shafiul Alam Mohiuddin and others attended the programe at Jail Convention centre.