The dawn to dusk hartal enforced by BNP in Dhaka city, protesting “widespread irregularities” in the city corporation elections, is progressing peacefully with little impact on public life.
BNP activists and supporters are largely absent from the streets since the hartal began at 6:00am today and there has been no report of violence till filing of this report.
Traffic movement was thin in the morning, but it picked up later. Long-distance buses left or entered Dhaka defying the hartal.
Law enforcers have set up check posts at the entrance of Dhaka, Aminbazar, and are checking vehicles, mostly motorcycles entering Dhaka.
Almost all educational institutions remained closed.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called for the shutdown yesterday evening.
Jatiya Oikyafront extended its support to the BNP programme.
Awami League mayoral candidates were unofficially declared elected in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh won the DSCC polls bagging 424,595 votes, defeating BNP’s Ishraque Hossain by 188,083 votes. In DNCC, Atiqul Islam got 447,211 votes to defeat BNP’s Tabith Awal by 183,050 votes.