Masumuzzaman, Narayanganj

In the midst of a joyous election atmosphere, the inhabitants of port city Narayanganj are engaging in several political activities with all political parties, mostly the major ones, desperately hoping to win in the forthcoming, eleventh parliamentary polls.

Both the alliances, led by the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, are engaged in hectic campaigning from the grassroots to the top levels of the people in the district, as they desire the majority of the votes in their own bags.

The district top Awami League aspirant Abdul Hai, and his BNP counterpart, Kazi Moniruzzaman have already bought their respective nomination papers for the Narayanganj-1 constituency that constitutes in Rupganj Upazila. It is mentionable that the highest number of nomination seekers, 33 men from the AL, BNP and JP purchased their nomination papers immediately.

Almost over 20 lakh voters are glad over the election schedule announced by the Election Commission with the provision for polling in the victory month of December. Though there are political equations between the two major political parties AL and BNP, the mass people are indifferent toward the high profile political calculations.

The BNP leaders and activists say they are not ready to lose time and are reluctant to be in the situation like in the previous parliamentary election. They also don’t agree to give the Awami League a walkover. A good number of criminal case indictments against the BNP leaders had turned them fugitives, but now they have sufficient courage, and some of them have also collected party nomination papers.

The ruling Awami League, is the highest nomination purchaser including by five women, in all five constituencies in the district.

The political-conscious people are thinking about the BNP-led alliance’s partaking in the polls, and whether the environment of festivity will remain in the long run. People who don’t know the definition of politics are waiting for polling day, and also desire to cast their own votes.

In Awami League politics, there is a significant ideology and ego-based rivalry in the district, but the grassroots of the party are highly hopeful about eliminating such untoward hidden situation at once, or before the election.

The same situation also prevails in the BNP politics, though denied verbally, but found in activity. District high profile Awami League leaders, including president of the unit, Abdul Hai, among others, and senior vice-president and city mayor Dr Selina Hayat Ivy, district unit general secretary Abu Hasnat Saheed Badal say, they want to see the ‘boat’ symbol victorious in all five constituencies.

It is a critical calculation that there are two lawmakers in the district, backed by Jatiya Party.