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14 November, 2018 12:53:43 AM
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AL interviews aspirants today

Sale of BNP nomination forms continues
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
AL interviews aspirants today

The Awami League (AL) will start interviewing party aspirants from today, while its rival, the BNP, will complete selling of nomination forms in the evening. The ruling party sold a total of 4,023 nomination forms  for 300 parliamentary seats in the past four days from eight divisions, while the BNP sold over 3,000 nomination forms in two days. The Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB), headed by party president Sheikh Hasina, will interview the aspirants. She will preside over the interview session.

Those who have collected nomination forms to contest the general election on the AL's poll symbol (boat) will face the interview, which will start at 11:00am at Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi political office. AL general secretary Obaidul Quader has requested the nomination seekers to be present on time.

Ruling party sources said they would contest the December 30 national poll both as part of the 14-Party Alliance and on the basis of seat sharing with other alliances.

The 14-Party Alliance candidates will use the AL's poll symbol 'boat' as their electoral symbol, while other electoral allies will use the poll symbols of their respective parties.

The AL has already informed the Election Commission (EC) that the party and its alliance would contest the polls with the ‘boat’ symbol, while other allies, including HM Ershad's Jatiya Party, Jukta Front and Islami Oikyajote, will participate with their respective party symbols.

All the allies of the 2008 election, Jukta Front, led by AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, and several other religion-based parties are joining hands with the AL this time around.

A Jukta Front delegation, led by Bikalpa Dhara secretary general Abdul Mannan, yesterday (Tuesday) held a meeting with AL general secretary Obaidul Quader at the AL president’s political office at Dhanmondi. They discussed the possibility of taking part in the polls together.

“We are going to take part in the elections, but will not be joining the AL-led 14-Party Alliance,” said Mahi B Chowdhury, joint secretary general of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, after a meeting with AL general secretary Obaidul Quader.

Bikalpa Dhara is a major partner of the Jukta Front.

Replying to a question, Mahi said he cannot elaborate before formal talks with the ruling party whether Jukta Front would take part in the polls with the 14-Party Alliance. He hoped that formal talks would begin soon with the AL in this regard.

Bikalpa Dhara secretary general Abdul Mannan was present at the meeting held at the AL president’s political office at Dhanmondi.

On the second day, about 2,000 BNP aspirants purchased nomination forms from the party’s central office at Naya Paltan yesterday. Hundreds of nominations seekers, along with thousands of followers, thronged the office since the morning to buy nomination forms, which will continue until Friday. Jubilant supporters raised slogans in favour of their prospective candidates.

The BNP office and adjacent areas became so crowded that movement of vehicles was severely disrupted for hours.

BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain bought two nomination forms for two constituencies in Cumilla. His son, Khandaker Maruf Hossain, collected the forms. Another standing committee member, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, collected nomination form for the Keraniganj constituency in Dhaka.

BNP vice-chairman and senior journalist Shawkat Mahmud, collected nomination form for the Brahmanpara constituency in Cumilla, while BNP chairperson’s adviser Monirul Haque Chowdhury bought two nomination forms for Cumilla-6 and 10.

Besides, BNP vice-chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo collected nomination form for the Feni-3 constituency, VP Joynal Abedin for Feni-2, Dr AZM Zahid Hossain for Mymensingh-4, Shamsuzzaman Dudu for Chuadanga-1, Selima Rahman for Barishal-3, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury for Patuakhali-1, Shajahan Omar for Jhalokathi-1 and Ahmed Azam Khan for the Ghatail constituency in Tangail.

In another development, the BNP standing committee, at a meeting at the chairperson’s political office in Gulshan, discussed seat-sharing with partners of the 20-Party Alliance and the Jatiya Oikyafront.

SR

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