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The video of the boat procession at Kalkini in Madaripur is going viral

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At Kalkini in Madaripur, a procession was held in favor of boat candidate Abdus Sobahan Mia Golap. A video of the procession has gone viral on social media. The independent candidate alleged that the code of conduct was violated by threatening the voters by marching with the Baitha in hand. There has been widespread criticism among the voters of Madaripur-3 constituencies.

According to that video and local sources, the 1 minute and 24 second video was seen in Madaripur-3 constituency election area where supporters of local parliament member Abdus Sobahan Golap of Kalkini Upazila and former UP chairman Fazlul Haque Bepari’s workers and supporters marched. On the afternoon of December 19 last December 19, the procession was seen going towards the Laxmipur market through the main road of Laxmipur Union with several hundred workers. At this time, everyone can be heard chanting various slogans for the boat with wooden sticks in their hands.

After this rally, on Thursday (December 21), the supporter of independent candidate Tahmina Begum, former chairman of that union Kazi Tofajzel Hossain (Gendu Kazi) took out a rally in the afternoon. Allegedly, people of Abdus Sobahan Golap bombed and injured at least 10 people in that procession. After this incident, Gendu Kazi’s brother Kazi Mofazzel Hossain filed a case at Kalkini police station, accusing 57 people including former chairman Fazlul Haque Bepari as the plaintiff.

The next day Friday (December 22) afternoon Madaripur-2 Constituency Member of Parliament Shajahan Khan and local Member of Parliament Abdus Sobahan Golap organized an election meeting at Lakshmipur High School grounds. They gave a speech encouraging the boat workers. Later on Saturday early night, supporters of the independent candidate Tahmina Begum were accused of hacking and beating Eskander Khan, a member of Ward No. 8 of Laxmipur Union Awami League, to death.

After this incident, the video of Baitha hand procession started going viral on social media. There has been criticism on social media and across the district.

In this regard, Kalkini Upazila Awami League president and independent candidate Tahmina Begum said, ‘The supporters of Laxmipur Abdus Sobahan Rose have violated the code of conduct by threatening the voters by marching with wooden sticks. Not only that, since that Baitha rally, the boat’s supporters have created an anarchic situation in the entire Lakshmipur union. I am drawing the attention of the Election Commission.

Kalkini Upazila Awami League general secretary Toufikuzzama Shahin said, ‘He who has become a sailor does not have public support. He has been carrying out sit-in marches, bombings and killings with some of his workers to spoil the election atmosphere. The people of Madaripur-3 constituencies are not afraid of this. They are on the side of the eagle.’

General secretary of Kalkini town Awami League and former town mayor Enayet Hossain Howladar said, ‘People of Madaripur Kalkini and Dasar do not support any terrorist activities of Abdus Sobahan Golap. He conducted the election activities in isolation. He is now busy with terrorist activities of various types of Baitha procession killings and bomb attacks. We are not afraid of his activities, neither are the people.’

Meanwhile, boat candidate Abdus Sobahan Mia Golap held a press conference denying the allegations. He told reporters that he has no involvement with the recent incident in the area.


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