No Jamaat leaders and activists are seen canvassing for the party’s alliance partner BNP’s mayor candidate in the Barisal city election.
During the previous city election in 2013, the Jamaat leaders and activists were very much active in canvassing for the BNP candidate.
However, this year the Jamaat leaders had barely participated in the BNP programmes. The other partners of BNP are also following Jamaat’s footsteps. During the last city election, Jamaat candidates managed to secure only one councillor post.
However, this time the party, after tough bargaining inside the alliance, put up four concillor candidates in the city election slated for July 30.
Advocate Moazzem Hossain Helal, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Barisal city branch, explaining their absence in the electioneering, said it had become tough for Jamaat activists to show up and meet in a public gathering.
‘Even five of our activists cannot attend and assemble in a social programme,’ he added. He said that two of their activists were arrested after announcing BCC election schedule.
‘Even in this situation we had already sent directions to our supporters and workers for supporting 20-party alliance-backed mayor candidate,’ he said.
‘You better may ask police and the Election Commission officials that why we could not participate in the electioneering,’ Helal said.
Prof Aminul Islam Khasru, city secretary of JI, said, ‘Our organisational strength had boosted ten times than it was in 2008, but we cannot make it public. So we are asking our activists and leaders to support and canvass for 20-party alliance-nominated candidates.’
Mojibor Rahman Sarwar, BNP’s mayor candidate, said they had already discussed the issue with JI leaders and they were hopeful that they would join our election campaigns.
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