Can’t even put up posters: South mayor aspirant Ayatullah

Shahed Shafiq
Published : 18:24, Jan 13, 2020 | Updated : 18:35, Jan 13, 2020

A mayor candidate in the upcoming Dhaka South City Corporation elections has alleged that he is not being able to campaign due to “rivals’ vendetta”.
Akteruzzaman alias Ayatullah, who is contesting the Jan 30 elections, told Bangla Tribune that some people tore apart his polls materials since he started to campaign.
“They are doing so to put the elections in question”, said Ayatullah, who is vying on ‘green coconut’ symbol.
Ayatullah, a candidate of Bangladesh Congress, said they have already completed the campaign in one-third of 75 wards in Dhaka South City.
“On Sunday [Jan 12], a group of people tore apart my posters and banners at Ramna Park moments after they were put up,” he told Bangla Tribune on Monday (Jan 13). “We can remove the campaign materials. But destroying them is a crime.”
According to him, campaign materials were also destroyed at several other locations, including Sadarghat, Motijheel, Jatrabari, and Ramna.
Ayatullah said that he reported to the Election Commotions and the polls officials asked him to file a complaint as soon as possible.
“Many promised to vote me and what I have realised is that people want a change,” Ayatullah said.
As many as seven candidates are contesting for the Dhaka South city mayor with ruling Awami League’s candidate Sheikh Falze Noor Taposh in the front line.