Riding on a rented bus, BNP-nominated mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation Tabith Awal arrived in Karail Slum area to start his campaign around 10:30am yesterday.
Tabith, wearing a blue punjabi with a white pyjama, was accompanied by around 80 BNP leaders and activists.
When the bus reached the slum area, local BNP leaders and activists, led by party’s Vice Chairman Mohammad Shahjahan, welcomed Tabith with flower bouquets.
Tabith then shook hands with the voters and distributed leaflets among them.
Tabith campaigned for around an hour in the area where he said the slum dwellers would not be evicted without proper rehabilitation if he was elected.
He said mostly rich people live in Gulshan and Banani areas while the poorest people live in the adjacent Karail slum.
“This sort of discrimination should end and a long-term rehabilitation is needed for them,” the BNP mayoral candidate said amid clapping and cheering of the slum dwellers.
He urged the voters to cast their votes against the “misrules and misdeeds” of the government to bring a change in the city.
Tabith’s press wing members were present at the spot to cover the campaigns.
Videos of the campaigns were broadcasted live on Tabith’s Facebook page.
Tabith then went to Banani T&T Colony area where BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Habibur Rahman Habib, Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and some other senior leaders joined Tabith.
He delivered a short speech there and then went to Agargaon’s BNP Bazar area around 1:30pm.
Flanked by supporters, Tabith took a walk along the 60-feet Road an exchanged greeting with the voters for about half an hour.
At a roadside meeting, Tabith condemned the attack on Ishraq Hossain, BNP-nominated mayor candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation, and his followers during a campaign in the capital’s Tikatuli area yesterday.
He demanded that the attackers should be brought to book and also urged the Election Commission to hold the city election in a festive manner.
Tabith asked the voters to turn up at the polling centres to choose their mayor defying all fears.
From there he went to Taltola, Nababer Bagh and Mirpur Muktijoddha market and the adjacent areas for campaigning and returned to his Banani office in the afternoon.