Rival candidates of Sylhet-1 constituency crossed paths yesterday morning, while celebrating Christmas at the Presbyterian Church in Nayasarak in Sylhet city.
But after jolly greetings and cake cutting, AL candidate AK Abdul Momen and BNP candidate Khandakar Abdul Muktadir engaged in a rather heated -- albeit civil -- conversation.
The BNP candidate was the first to reach to the church, followed shortly after by his AL counterpart.
After greeting each other, they sat on adjacent chairs and then cut the Christmas cake.
After a while, their conversation took an unfriendly turn, on the topic of the role of the ruling party activists and law enforcers during the electoral campaign.
When Momen asked Muktadir how his campaign was going on, Muktadi replied, “We are conducting campaign as well as handling the cases filed by your men."
Momen replied saying that the cases are being filed only against criminals. Meanwhile, as another BNP leader reached the spot, Momen greeted him. Muktadir quipped, “You just shook your hands with a criminal. He is an accused of one such case."
About the conversation, Muktadir later said, “Anyone can show fake harmony in front of the camera. They believe that all political rivals are criminals; this behaviour is out of their fear of losing the election."
Momen said, “They attacked our electoral camps, wrecked vehicles, and attacked our activists; all we have done is informed the law enforcers, and police taking legal action. They are being anxious out of the fear of losing the polls, but we are trying hard to keep political harmony, without showing anger."
It was a busy day for the candidates yesterday as not only they exchanged greetings with locals on the occasion of Christmas Day, but also campaigned in many areas, reports our Moulvibazar correspondent.
Most candidates joined the congregations at Sreemangal Catholic Mission, Lakkhipur Mission at Kulaura upazila and Dimai Mission at Barlekha upazila.
Soon afterwards, they became busy campaigning.
While talking to locals, MM Shaheen, Awami League candidate for Moulvibazar-2 (Kulaura), said, “With your support, we will win.”
Jatiya Oikyafront's Sultan Mohammad Monsur Ahmed said, “If elected MP, I will work for the constituency's development.”
Samuel Hajong, a prospective voter at Sreemangal upazila, said, “We will vote for the candidate who will work for us.”