Thursday, July 24, 2008

BBC Sanglap on RCC Polls: Mayor hopefuls vow to solve water crisis, remain graft-free


The two-day BBC dialogue on Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) election at Rajshahi Medical College auditorium has created enthusiasm among the electorates.

All the 15 mayoral candidates answered to the questions from around 500 electorates in two shifts on Monday and Tuesday nights providing scopes for voters to choose the right person in election.

BBC Bangla organised the dialogue in association with the Election Commission. Both the sessions of the dialogue were aired live on Bangladesh Television (BTV), BTV World and Bangladesh Betar.

Kamal Ahmed, senior producer of BBC Bangla Service, moderated the dialogues while Waliur Rahman Miraz, producer of BBC Sanglap series, produced the event.

While answering to a query on water crisis, acting Rajshahi mayor Rejaunnabi Dudu, also a mayor aspirant, said subscribers are not available even after creating water pipelines in many areas.

Asked why water lines were taken to areas where there is no demand and when 40 percent people are reeling from water crisis, Dudu felt embarrassed and said the lines were created to provide services in disadvantaged areas.

Mayor hopeful Forman Ali expressed optimism that he wants to be an RCC mayor in order to work for people's welfare. Ali, however, vowed to remain incorruptible.

Siddikur Rahman unfolded his plan of collecting water from the Padma to meet the city's water crisis. If the Padma carries sand, he said he would preserve rainwater.

Ruhul Kuddus Tunu said he would arrange two water lines -- one for consumption and another for using household activities.

Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, Masudul Haque Dulu, Rayhanur Rahman, AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Abdul Matin Khan, Durul Huda, Akhtaruzzaman Babul, Nasir Ahmed Biddyut, Abdul Khaleque and Enamul Haque also answered to different questions of the voters at the dialogue sessions.

The mayor aspirants promised to ensure accountability and people's participation in all development activities if they are elected.

A BBC survey revealed that inefficiency is responsible for the present poor civic services and the mayor aspirants pledged for running the local government body in an efficient manner.

BBC Bangla is producing the Sanglap in four city corporations consecutively. After Sylhet and Rajshahi dialogues, the BBC Sanglap will be held at Khulna and Barisal ahead of the city corporation polls to be held on August 4.

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