Campaign kicks off formally
The mayoral candidates of the two major political parties formally started their election campaign for the Chittagong City Corporation polls yesterday.
But electioneering started one day later as confusion arose among the candidates as one of the election commissioners earlier told the media that campaign could be started after allocation of election symbol on June 2.
The confusion was sorted out when the Election Commission office in Chittagong informed the candidates on Thursday that as per electoral code of conduct electioneering could be started within 21 days before the polling date.
Meanwhile, Chittagong city unit BNP also chalked out elaborated plan and set strategies to ensure win for the BNP backed mayoral candidate.
Awami League-backed candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury started his campaign after saying Juma prayers at Hazrat Shah Amanat shrine on Jail Road.
Earlier in the morning, Mohiuddin joined as the chief guest the installation ceremony of Chittagong Television Camera Journalist Association at Chittagong Press Club auditorium.
Addressing the ceremony, Mohiuddin said Chittagong would turn into a developed city like Singapore, if works continue in a planned manner.
Emerging from the programme, Mohiuddin told the reporters that the rift and disputes among the senior leaders of Chittagong AL has been healed after the meeting with the party chief Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Thursday.
He hoped that all the leaders, activists would work unitedly in support of him.
Mohiuddin also joined separate view-exchange meetings arranged by Nagorik Committee at Nandir Hat and in the city's Bakalia and Hazari Goli areas.
BNP-backed candidate M Manjur Alam started his formal campaign after saying Asar prayers at the shrine.
Later, he held view exchange meetings and continued mass contacts seeking votes in Lalkhan Bazar and Patharghata areas.
During the campaign, Manjur observed that Chittagong could be reached to the standard of developed cities by working impartially and maintaining sincerity and honesty.
Manjur also vowed to take sincere and effective initiative to wipe out all sorts of corruption, nepotism and autocracy from the CCC.