In a dialogue with citizens from the same platform, two major parties’ mayoral candidates for the impending Khulna City Corporation election on Sunday equivocally pledged to free the city from drug abuse and waterlogging.
The two candidates ---Nazrul Islam Manju from BNP and Talukdar Abdul Khalek from Awami League--- came up with the promises at a program titled ‘Citizen Priority in discussion’, organized by Democracy International Bangladesh at the city’s CSS AVA Centre, reports UNB.
On top of that, both the candidates pledged to rescue the city’s 22 canals from illegal encroachment to solve the waterlogging problem and to clean the drains on daily basis combating mosquito nuisance in the city.
Nominated by the ruling party Awami League, Talukdar Abdul Khalek said if elected he will form a committee in each ward of the city as part of a social movement against drug abuse.
Besides taking steps for evicting illegal structures on the canals across the city, the mayor also pledged to provide parks for women and children, better roads and rapid issuance of citizen certificates for the city dwellers.
As part of anti-drug campaign, BNP nominated candidate Nazrul Islam Manju said “We must keep away those political leaders who are involved in drugs business in the city.”
One-way roads will be built in order to ease the city’s existing traffic gridlock if necessary, the BNP’s Khulna Committee president also said.
He also promised to upgrade drains to sewerage lines to solve waterlogging crisis.
On behalf of the residents of Khulna, Khulna Press Club president Faruk Ahmed, City AL convener Sheikh Mosharrof Hossain, among others, spoke to raise topics and ask questions, while chief of party of Democracy International Katie Croake presided over the discussion.
The program was organized under the Strengthening Political Landscape (SPL) project jointly funded by USAID and UKAID and implemented by DI.