‘Self campaigning’ councilor bags victory in municipal polls
Published: 06:51 PM, 31 January 2021
Rafiqul Islam Kakon, the councilor candidate of ‘ostrich’ symbol has bagged victory from Ward No. 8 in Patharghata municipality; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Rafiqul Islam Kakon, the councilor candidate of the ‘ostrich’ symbol who came to the discussion with his ‘self campaigning’, has bagged victory from Ward No. 8 of Patharghata in Barguna on Saturday (January 30) municipal elections. His rival candidates were Abul Kalam Azad, secretary of Patharghata Upazila Jatiya Party and Baburam Karmakar, a fishmonger.
Rafiqul Islam Kakon came to the discussion after a special report was published about him on January 15 on the online news portal Daily Bangladesh. He gained popularity by doing his own campaign by rickshaw.
He had earlier gained popularity as a ‘Protesting Kakon’ for protesting against corruption in the ACC’s anti-corruption program at Patharghata Khaskachari ground, including corruption in rural electricity, irregularities in land distribution and operating war crimes cases at the International Criminal Tribunal.
“Kakon was a protesting man. People like him who campaigns as a rickshaw puller need to be a public representative. That is what the voters have shown,” said local resident Mohammad Mostafa Abbas Uddin.
After winning the election, Kakon said, “I am a servant of the people. Although voters have elected me as a councilor, I will play the guardian of the people. I want to be by the side of the people.”