The Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda Zia, continued campaign for the second consecutive day on Sunday for her party-supported mayoral candidate Tabith Awal in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
But a number of activists of the ruling Awami League and its associate organizations, Jubo League and Chhatra League, allegedly obstructed her at some points in Uttara and Abdullahpur areas in the capital city.
Eyewitnesses told this correspondent that Khaleda Zia came out of her Gulshan residence at about 4:30 pm to conduct the campaign. Some of her party leaders and activists joined her when she reached Uttara-1.
At one stage, some leaders and activists of the AL led by Uttara Thana AL President Tofazzal Hossain and Secretary Habib Hasan demonstrated there carrying black flags, they said.
Both the supporters of BNP and AL faced off, creating a panicky situation in the area. But no untoward incident took place as a number of members of law-enforcing agencies took control of the situation.
After visiting several shopping malls in the area Khaleda Zia went to Uttara-7. Later, she tried to go to Abdullahpur but the activists of the ruling AL allegedly intercepted her motorcade. At one stage, she returned back to the airport area and started her campaign at Kuril Bishwa Road, Jamuna Future Park and Bhasundhara Residential areas.
BNP supporters were seen chanting slogans, distributing leaflets and posters among people, and using hand speakers during the campaign.
Meanwhile, Tabith Awal conducted his election campaign in Agargaon area around at around 10pm. He also carried out his campaign in Kazipara-Shewrapara, Ibrahimpur-Kafrul and Lalmatia areas.
Tabith said campaign by the BNP chairperson's initiative will add a new dimension to the elections.
Tabith believes he will have an edge over his opponents in the ensuing polls if Khaleda Zia can continue campaign for him.
Tabith brushed aside allegations against Khaleda Zia, claiming they were abiding by election rules while canvassing. "We don't think her (Khaleda) campaign flouted any rule," he said.
On the other hand, Afroza Abbas, on behalf of her husband and BNP-backed Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayoral candidate Mirza Abbas, conducted the campaign for the 13th day in Zigatola area.
Later, she along with some BNP leaders, including former MP Nilufar Chowdhury Moni, BNP women wing leader Farida Akter and other local leaders exchanged views with the voters and sought votes for 'Mug', the election symbol of Mirza Abbas.
Afroza Abbas also ran the election campaign in Hazaribagh and Raierbagh and New Market areas on the day.
Candidates will be able to campaign until midnight of April 26. Elections to the DNCC, DSCC and Chittagong City Corporation will be held on April 28.