An Awami League delegation, led by the party's General Secretary Obaidul Quader, left Kamalapur Railway Station in Dhaka for Nilphamari by a train this morning, aiming to carry out electioneering in northern districts.
The ruling party delegation will hold more than 11 rallies at railway stations in Tangail, Pabna, Natore, Bogra, Joypurhat, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts, local media reports said citing Awami League Rajshahi unit organising secretary Khaled Mahmud Chowdhury.
Talking to reporters at the Kamalapur Railway Station before his departure, Quader said the aim of the train journey is to reach the message of development works carried out by the Awami League government to grassroots level and strengthen the party.
The delegation members include Awami League joint secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, publicity and publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, organising secretaries Ahmad Hossain, Abu Sayed Al Mahmud Swapan, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, cultural secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil and Biplob Barua.
Quader, also the Road, Transport and Bridges minister said, "This journey is our election journey. The tour will continue. We'll launch campaign on Sep 13. Then, it's scheduled to start our campaign to Chattogram, Mymensingh and Kishoreganj by road."
He said, "The upcoming election will be a competitive one and we've to take preparations considering this. If there's any internal dispute, we've to solve. This campaign is to revitalisethe grassroots leaders."
Railways Minister Mujibul Haque was present at the station to see the team off.