Nomination aspirants from the ruling Awami League collect nomination forms amid much fanfare on the second day of nomination paper sales. The Dhanmondi office of AL and the surrounding areas were crowded with supporters of aspirant candidates from all corners of the country. Photo: BD Post

Staff Correspondent
Amid much enthusiasm and fanfare, ruling Awami League sold a total of 2,810 nomination papers in the first two days beginning on Friday, as the next parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on December 23 this year.
Party leaders along with their local activists continued gathering at party president’s Dhanmondi political office on the second consecutive day on Saturday to collect nomination papers aiming to contest in the polls.
From early morning, the AL office started turning into a crowded place with the whole area putting on a lively and exciting look. Carrying placards, posters and festoons, the leaders along with their associates marched towards the party office.
The aspirants were allowed to enter the office only with a limited number of supporters. On the day, a substantial number of aspirants collected nomination papers, where the prominent figures are— Awami League publicity and publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud (Chattogram-7), state minister for information Advocate Tarana Halim (Tangail-6), former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University Prof Dr Kamrul Hasan (Tangail-3), Singer Momotaj (Manikganj-2), chairman of Chattogram Development Authority Abdus Salam (Chattogram-8,9), Actress Sarah Begum Kobori (Narayanganj-4), and many others.
Earlier on Friday, amid a festive atmosphere, Awami League sold a total number of 1,328 nomination papers while the Party’s President Sheikh Hasina, its General Secretary Obaidul Quader, presidium member Syed Ashraful Islam, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, president of Bangladesh Nationalist Alliance Barrister Nazmul Huda along with more heavyweight aspirants collected the papers.
Eight booths have been preserved for selling nomination papers to candidates of the eight divisions. Joint secretaries and organizing secretaries are supervising the party’s nomination distribution of eight divisions.
Awami League has started selling nomination paper from Friday, one day after announcing the schedule for 11th parliamentary election.
The ruling party has raised the price of nomination papers for this election, from Tk 25,000 to Tk 30,000.
Two papers were bought in very first period in favour of Awami League President and ruling Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to contest in Gopalgonj-3 and other one constituency.