After getting symbols, a total of 277 candidates of different political parties under six municipalities of the district are passing hectic moments in campaign and are going from door to door of voters seeking votes.
Out of the 277 candidates, 22 are vying for mayoral, 185 for 54 general councillor and 60 for reserved women councillor posts.
In Banaripara Municipality, three mayor candidates- Adv Subhas Chandra Shil (AL), Golam Mahamud alias Mahabub Master (BNP) and Jalis Mahmud Mridha (Islami Andolon) are contesting. Besides, 20 candidates for general councillor and eight for reserved women councillor posts are also contesting.
Sitting Mayor of Banaripara Golam Saleh Manju Molla filed nomination paper as rebel AL candidate but later he withdrew. Besides, a rebel BNP candidate also withdrew candidature.
In Muladi Municipality, four mayoral candidates- Safiqzzaman Rubel (AL), Asad Mahmud (BNP), Salim Ahammed Chowkider (Workers Party), and Maolana Manjurul Islam (Islami Andolon) are contesting. Besides, 30 candidates for general councillor and seven for reserved women councillor posts are also contesting.
Here three rebel AL candidates filed nomination papers but later withdrew.
In Mehendiganj Municipality, three mayoral candidates- Alhaj Kamal Uddin Khan (AL), Giasuddin Dipen (BNP), and Jahangir Hossain Gazi of (Islami Andolon) are contesting. Besides, 30 candidates for general councillor and 12 for reserved women councillor posts are also contesting. There is no rebel candidate in this municipality.
In Gaurnadi Municipality, four mayoral candidates- Harisur Rahaman Haris (AL), Sharif Shafiqur Rahman Sawpan (BNP), Obaidul Haque Mia (Islami Andolon), and M. Tuhin (NPP) are contesting. Besides, 31 general councillor and 11 reserved women councillor candidates are also contesting.
In Wazirpur Municipality, four mayoral candidates- Giasuddin (AL), Shaheedul Islam Khan Shaheed (BNP), A Mannan (Islami Andolon), and Maniruzzaman (NPP) are contesting. Besides, 38 general councillor and 11 reserved women councillor candidates are also contesting.
In Bakerganj Municipality, four mayoral candidates- Lokman Hossain Dakua (AL), Matiur Rahman Molla (BNP), Hemayet Hossain (Islami Andolon), and Mahbubur Rahman (NPP) are contesting. Besides, 36 general councillor and 11 reserved women councillor candidates are also contesting.
For the first time, people of Wazirpur Municipality will elect their representatives.
When contacted, AL mayoral candidate Adv Subhas Chandra Shil said, "We hope that AL will bag all six mayoral posts in the six municipalities."
Meanwhile, BNP mayoral candidate Matiur Rahaman Molla said if the vote is held in a free and peaceful atmosphere, BNP candidates will win in all the six municipalities.
"As part of the movement to save democracy, BNP have decided to participate in the municipal election. People will give accurate answer to the ongoing oppression by casting their votes in favour of BNP," said former Army Chief and Member of BNP's Parliamentary Standing Committee Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman on Thursday in a roadside meeting at Birganj Municipality here.
President of Birganj upazila unit BNP Alhaj Manjurul Islam Manju presided over the meeting. Among others, Organising Secretary of BNP and former Minister Md Asadul Habib Dulu, Organising Secretary of Mahila Dal Bilkis Islam, Vice-President of Juba Dal Md Abdul Khaleq, Joint Secretary of Swechhasebok Dal Prof Aminul Islam, and members of BNP's central committee- Alhaj Rezwanul Islam Haque and Alhaj Akterul Islam also spoke on the occasion.
Later, central committee members handed over the symbol 'dhaner shish' (paddy sheaf) to the BNP candidate Alhaj Amirul Bahar and sought vote.
Following the symbol distribution among mayoral, councillor and reserved women councillor candidates, campaigns in two municipalities- Gopalganj and Tungipara of the district has got a boost.
But, the campaigns started far earlier during the last Eid-ul-Fitr. Of the mayoral candidates, Kazi Liaquat Ali Leku (AL), Mushfiqur Rahman Liton (independent), and Adv Md. Toufiqul Islam (BNP) are contesting. Besides, 36 councillor and 14 reserved women councillor candidates are also contesting in the election
In Tungipara Municipality, lone mayoral candidate Sheikh Ahmed Hussain Mirza (AL) is going to be elected unopposed. Besides, 24 councillor and eight reserved women councillor candidates are contesting in the upcoming election.
Civil society leaders and other contestants in Khagrachhari Municipality have criticised the 23-point election manifesto placed by BNP-backed mayoral candidate Adv Abdul Malek Mintu on Thursday. They termed Malek's election manifesto as non-realistic, out of date and non-implementing one.
AL candidate Md Shane Alam pointed to the no. 5 point where Abdul Malek pledged to ensure electricity connection in whole Khagrachhari Municipality. Shane Alam said every mahalla of the municipality is under electricity coverage now and Awami League government has done huge development in the last seven years, but the BNP candidate is not aware about it.
Sitting Mayor and independent candidate Md Rafiqul Alam, brushing aside Malek's election manifesto, said most of the points except the Shishu Park issue, were implemented during his last five-year's tenure. He has already floated a tender to construct the Shishu Park and the work would start soon, he added. BNP candidate failed to raise any new point in his manifesto and voters will not be attracted to it, he also added.
President of Khagrachhari Nagorik Committee Hazi Liyakat Ali Chowdhury also said there was nothing new in the BNP candidate's manifesto as most of the points have already been implemented during the present mayor's term.
President of Khagrachhari District Corruption Prevention Committee Sudarsan Dutta echoed the same as Liyakat but hailed Malek's election manifesto. "In a democratic system every candidate has to place election manifesto to voters and BNP candidate has done it while other candidates have failed in this connection."
BNP candidate Adv Abdul Malek Mintu said, "Nothing in this world is out of criticism. But as part of democracy, I placed the manifesto to the voters. If other candidates have any new point they can place it before people."
In the manifesto, Malek vowed to ensure communal harmony in the area as well as not to increase holding tax, to make Khagrachhari Municipality tourist-friendly, to ensure equal infrastructural development, to bring all areas under electricity coverage, to make municipality neat and clean, to ensure quality primary education, to start municipality health service, to ensure parking place for all sorts of vehicles, to start Municipality Salishi Board, to establish Shishu Park, to make Khagrachhari Municipality drug-free, to train unemployed youths on latest technology, to ensure free internet service at all municipality education institutions and important places, to ensure water and sanitation services, to launch different projects for poor, helpless and distressed, to make Khagrachhari town terrorism-free, to make municipality corruption-free, to increase the standard of municipality services, to implement development projects with the consent of civil society leaders, to stop citizen harassment in the name of development activities, to ensure salary and pension for municipality staffs, and to patron cultural events of ethnic- and Bangali-community people.
Two local Awami League (AL) leaders were expelled on Thursday from the party for submitting nomination papers for mayoral post in Kalkini Municipality against the party-nominated candidate violating the party's instruction.
The expelled leaders are: Abul Kalam Azad, executive member, and Md Lokman Hossain Sardar, education affairs secretary of Madaripur district unit AL.
General Secretary of district AL Kajol Krisna Dey confirmed the matter in a press release.