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Harmful polythene in election campaign

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Harmful polythene wrapped posters are being used in election campaigns in Jamalpur. Due to winter these posters made by spending extra money are adorning the important places of every parliamentary seat. Conscious voters of the district are shocked by such behavior of future legislators. They demand to reuse these posters after the election.

From the day of allotment of symbols, election campaigns have been gathering in Jamalpur. Black and white banners and posters of the candidates covered important places in each seat. And these posters are wrapped in polythene so that they don’t fall due to winter. These posters wrapped in polythene are said to be very harmful to the environment.

President of Jamalpur Environment Protection Movement Committee Jahangir Salim said, ‘Polythene does not absorb soil, is non-decomposable and even if it is burnt, its smoke harms our atmosphere. Polythene is destroying the balance of our environment. Polythene is one of the causes of waterlogging, from our drainage systems to others. The candidates of our national parliament members have made profit on this polythene poster. Polythene free posters, polythene free election campaign we will be happy.’

Advocate Yusuf Ali, joint general secretary of Jamalpur Bar Association, said, ‘We have heard that this polythene does not decompose even in 400 years. From production sector to soil fertility to various drains, this polythene damages in various ways. We need a good climate for our environment, for our society, for our crops and most importantly for our survival. Polythene is always a disadvantage in that climate.’

Candidates have to pay 5 rupees to make a poster in black and white. And wrapping it in polythene costs another ten rupees. 27 candidates of five constituencies of the district are spending extra money to save posters without thinking about the environment. The general electorate was appalled by such acts of future lawmakers. They think that the candidates should have been more aware in this regard.

Chhatra League leader Aditya Rahman said, ‘5 MPs will be elected from 5 constituencies. In the future, some will become ministers, some will get the responsibility of the ministry, some will become state ministers, some will be leaders at the national level. They needed a little more awareness about all these things. How can we do this in a more environmentally friendly way? They needed to know more about that. Maybe not all candidates will be MPs, not all candidates will be elected. Candidates who will be selected and candidates who will not be selected. Both of them, all of these posters should be taken down for good later and recycled. If we look more consciously in the future, then our environment will be saved from serious threats.

Cultural worker Sagar Mukherjee said, ‘All the candidates are aware. They will work for the overall development of the country once they become MPs and become ministers. Candidates themselves must promote polythene as much as possible through this campaign. If we campaign for polythene free to maintain a beautiful and healthy environment, the country will be better and we will move forward in building our beautiful future. For that the greatest need is to campaign with something perishable.

Sudhi Samaj of the district demands to reuse these polythene-wrapped posters after the election to protect the environment.

Ajay Kumar Pal, president of Jamalpur Conscious Citizen Committee, said that these polythene posters are ruining the environment. For this, our candidates should be aware and take measures to ensure that these are recycled later.

Candidates are reluctant to talk about these issues in front of the camera. However, returning workers say that candidates will be discouraged from using these polythene-wrapped posters.

Jamalpur Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Md Shafiur Rahman said, ‘Especially the small size posters we have. They appear to be laminating and hanging from ropes in different places. This laminating is actually not environmentally friendly. Let them take care of it. We have already said this when we have exchanged views with them and this effort will continue from our side, so that they can put up the green poster. We will make them aware of that and our efforts will continue.

There are 32 printing presses in the entire district. The authority said that 3 to 4 crore posters will be printed on them focusing on this year’s parliamentary elections. And the total voters of the whole district are 20 lakh 3 thousand 939 people.


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