12:00 AM, December 25, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:13 AM, December 25, 2018

From campaign trail: Munshiganj

AL pacifies rebel, BNP concerned

The tussle in the Awami League camp of Munshiganj-3 seems to have subsided following a rebel campaigning for the nominee.

The BNP's electioneering, however, is hardly visible there. 

With only five days until the nation goes to polls, AL candidate Mrinal Kanti Das is carrying out a steady campaign with almost no opposition on the campaign trail, said locals.

Although Mrinal's posters were seen on most roads in Munshiganj sadar and Gazaria upazilas, he was not being able to intensify his campaign because of AL rebel Chowdhury Fahria Afrin, said party insiders.

Fahria, wife of Munshiganj Municipality Mayor Mohammad Faisal, had plenty of her posters around the municipality office. Her father-in-law Md Mohiuddin is the president of Munshiganj Awami League and administrator at the Munshiganj District Council. He served Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the chief security officer.

But yesterday, Fahria started campaigning for Mrinal, ending the tussle that was tearing apart the AL campaign.

Meanwhile, the campaign for BNP candidate Abdul Hye, who has accused AL activists of tearing down his posters and vandalising his office, hoped that deployment of army personnel yesterday would help them campaign.

“Now that the army has been deployed, we will get a chance to boost our campaign,” said Hye.

He said his Jubilee Road office was vandalised by AL men. “We could not carry out electioneering due to attacks by the AL men. The local administration is also assisting them,” he claimed.

Munshiganj Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Shaila Farzana said her administration was determined to ensure a level playing field.

Regarding the allegations, she asked the BNP to come up with a written complaint and proof. “If they can show proof, then we will take action,” she said.

BNP's office on Jubilee Road was found locked yesterday. Hye was seen instructing his men outside the polls-time office of the BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront in Muktarpur.

“Be it at a tea stall or a bus station, people used to talk about the election. But this time, we are not seeing that happening,” said Ahmad Ali, a rice trader who lives in Muktarpur Bazar.

“The AL supporters are bringing out processions every day but there is hardly any activity of the other candidates,” said Md Nayan, a salesman at an electronics shop in Munshiganj Sadar Market.

Ruhul Amin Bhuiyan of Islami Andolan Bangladesh and Sheikh Md Kamal Hossain of Communist Party of Bangladesh are the other contenders in the constituency.

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