The electoral race in the Sylhet City Corporation election is gaining momentum, as mayoral candidates started meeting voters door to door.
As permitted by electoral rules, all candidates and their supporters are hanging posters, distributing leaflets and using loudspeakers for their campaign in city roads.
Awami League candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran on Thursday carried out his campaign at Amberkhana, Dargah Gate and Chowhatta areas, as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) central General Secretary SM Jakir Hossain, along with some central BCL leaders accompanied him.
Kamran's supporters and other unit level leaders of Awami League in Sylhet also held separate meetings and campaign in other areas.
BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury covered Zindabazar and Bandarbazar areas yesterday, asking for voters' support. His wife Sama Chowdhury also campaigned on his behalf at Dariapara, Jallarpar and Rikabibazar areas. BNP's metropolitan and ward-level unit leaders also carried out their campaign in many areas.
The party's rebel candidate Badruzzaman Selim also campaigned in Bandarbazar area yesterday.
CPB-BSD candidate Abu Jafor, Jamaat-e-Islami-supported independent candidate Ehsanul Mahbub Jubayer, Islami Andolon Bangladesh candidate Moazzem Hossain and independent candidate Ehsanul Haque Taher also spent the day campaigning in different areas of the city.
All councillor candidates in 27 wards in the city are also busy with campaign except ward 20 candidate Azadur Rahman Azad, who is the only candidate in the ward.
ARIFUL'S 40-MINUTE 'HUNGER STRIKE'
Around midnight yesterday, BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury waited almost 40 minutes in front of Bandarbazar Police outpost, declaring a "hunger strike" demanding release of his supporter.
He, along with other leaders of BNP claimed that their supporter, Nazrul Islam was putting on posters at Bandarbazar area and a group of supporters of AL candidate assaulted him and handed him over to police.
Mosarraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said Ariful was ripping off AL candidate's posters when AL supporters caught him and handed him over to law enforcers.
After around 40 minutes, Ariful Haque Chowdhury left the place as police released the detained supporter, finding no valid allegation against him.