All mayoral candidates are passing very busy time at the last moment campaigns to voters across the city for the mayoral battle in Comilla City Corporation (CCC) polls, scheduled to be held on March 30.
For the first time, voters of the city are going to elect their mayor that will be held on party lines.
Electioneering has become a very common picture with festive atmosphere across the city. All mayoral candidates are trying to attract the voters promising to the voters to reshape the city in their campaigns.
The Awami League has nominated Anjum Sultana Sima for mayor candidate for the upcoming polls. On the other hand BNP nominated Monirul Haque Sakku, the outgoing mayor of the CCC.
Apart from the two leading candidates, Rashida Akhter of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob) is running for the mayoral post.
Anjum Sultana Sima, the outgoing councillor of ward-8, had been acting chairperson of Comilla municipality and vice-chairperson of Adarsha Sadar Upazila.
She is also a member of the ruling party and will use ‘boat’ as the symbol in the election.
Her husband Nisar Uddin Ahmed Mintu, a businessman, is a member of the Comilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Krishak League Vice-chairman Omar Faruk, Nur-ur-Rahman Mahmud Tanim, former VP of Comilla Victoria Government College, and former joint convener of district AL Shafiqur Rahman Sikder, among others, are working for Shima.
Comilla MP AKM Bahauddin Bahar said that there were grievances among the AL leaders and activists over nominations. He hoped the grievances would be resolved.
Bahar said, “We have forgotten all our rivalries. Our leader Sheikh Hasina nominated Shima for mayor. We are working to ensure her victory.”
The AL high-command assigned a team, led by party's Organising Secretary Enamul Haque Shamim, to coordinate Shima's electoral campaign.
Former Member of Parliament Faridun Nahar Laily is also going from door to door seeking votes for AL nominated mayor candidate Sima.
On the other hand BNP’s leaders said they were determined to secure the party's mayor candidate Monirul Haque Sakku’s victory.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia gave Nazrul Islam Khan, member of the standing committee, responsibility for having all the Comilla party men under one umbrella to campaign for Sakku, said a senior leader.
The 20-party alliance extended its support to Sakku in Comilla City Corporation polls.
A total of 180 councillor candidates are contesting for 36 posts in the CCC polls, while more than 0.50 million (5.0 lakh) people live in the city corporation and there have 0.20 million (2.07 lakh) voters.