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21 September, 2018 12:43:03 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 September, 2018 11:17:34 AM
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Many AL leaders claim green signal from party chief

Nomination in Next nat’l polls
Abu Jakir
Many AL leaders claim green signal from party chief

Much to the annoyance of the party high-command, most Awami League leaders and MPs who are aspiring to contest in the upcoming parliamentary elections are claiming to have got party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s green signal to contest the polls. According to AL insiders, at least 4–5 party men from each constituency across the country are preparing to contest in the next general election. And all of them are claiming to have got Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s green light in order to gain political advantage in their own areas. But such claims on their part are misleading party supporters and triggering intra-party feuds ahead of the polls, say insiders.

Meanwhile, AL president Sheikh Hasina has already given clearance to some of her party men to make preparations to contest in the upcoming general elections due to be held in the yearend, the party insiders say.

However, speaking on the issue, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said leaders, popular in their own areas area, would get the AL ticket to take part in the next polls.

“At present, our party president has five survey reports on nomination conducted by her through the members of different intelligence agencies at every six-month interval. And she will give the nomination, based on the last survey report,” he said.

Party insiders say the high-ups, in the mean time, have indicated to at least 70–80 leaders and MPs to work in their constituencies. They will finalise the names of the rest of the MP candidates after the election schedule is announced.

Besides, the party is now waiting for the BNP’s decision regarding its participation in the next polls. If the BNP joins the polls, the AL will participate in the polls under the banner of grand alliance.

Talking to this correspondent, many aspirant candidates said they were working in their respective areas after getting the clearance from the party high-ups.

Shakil Khan, a popular film actor, wants to contest the next polls from the Bagerhat-3 constituency. Speaking to The Independent on Tuesday, he said, “I am working to contest the next polls, as the AL chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given me the green signal for my nomination from the Bagerhat-3 constituency.”

The current MP of the constituency is Habibun Nahar, wife of AL leader and Khulna city corporation mayor Talukdar Abdul Khalek.

AL joint general secretary and former foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni and the party’s Relief & Social Welfare Affairs Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi are

both preparing to contest from the Chadpur-3 constituency. Talking to the

independent, Sujit Roy Nandi said he had been working for a long time to take part in the next polls from the constituency after getting party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s approval.

  Similarly, AL organizing Secretary BM Mozammel Haque and AL central working committee member Iqbal Hossain Apu, are both making preparations to contest the national polls from the Shariatpur-1 constituency.

 Speaking to this correspondent, both AL central leaders said they were hopeful of getting the Nouka (electoral symbol of the Awami League) to contest the general elections.

 This correspondent found similar examples in almost every constituency.

 AL organizing secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan said the nominations depended entirely on party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision.

 “It is a very bad thing that all most all party leaders want to contest the next polls, even some leaders are claiming to have got the green signal for contesting the polls from the party chief; but no one can say who will get the party ticket before the announcement of the election schedule,” he said.

 “Those who are now saying that they have got the party high command’s approval to contest will not get party ticket ultimately,” said a central leader, wishing to remain anonymous.

 Meanwhile, ruling AL president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeated several times that only popular party leaders would be nominated.

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