Staff Correspondent
The ruling Awami League (AL) on Sunday morning issued letters to its 230 aspirants selected for contesting the December 30 parliamentary election under the party’s electoral symbol ‘Boat’.
At around 10:30am on Sunday morning, AL stalwarts began handing out the letters from the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city. Earlier on Saturday night, the party office informed the selected aspirants over phone and requested them to receive their letters from the party office. ­AL Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap distributed the final nomination among the candidates. Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina will contest the polls from Gopalganj-3 and Rangpur-6 while Obaidul Quader got nomination letter for Noakhali-5 constituency.
The ruling AL has shared 70 seats with its two alliance partners Jatiya Party and 14-party alliance for the upcoming polls. “Jatiya Party and 14-party alliance will issue letters to their selected aspirants on Monday (Today),” Obaidul Quader said at a press briefing after distribution of the nomination papers.
He also added that the withdrawal forms of those who were given nomination have also been collected from them. “For some strategic reason the party has given nomination to two leaders at each constituency in some constituencies,” he said.
He said AL-led Grand Alliance will formally announce its candidates’ names selected for all 300 constituencies simultaneously through a press conference today (Monday). Talking to reporters at Bangabandhu Avenue, AL incumbent lawmaker Aslamul Haque said he received a phone call from the party office on Saturday night that he was selected for contesting the polls.
“Of course (when queried about his immediate feeling), I’m very happy as I’m now confirmed that I’m an Awami League candidate. And I’m going to contest the election,” he told waiting journalists.
The nominees include Sheikh Hasina (Gopalganj-3, Rangpur-6), Obaidul Quader (Noakhali-5), Abdur Razzak (Tangail-1), Saifuzzaman Sekhor (Magura-1), Dipu Moni (Chandpur-3), Aslamul Haque Aslam (Dhaka-14), Advocate Qamrul Islam (Dhaka-2) Sadek Khan (Dhaka-13), Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel ( Chattogram-9), Abdus Sobahan Golap (Madaripur-3), SM Rezaul Karim (Pirojpur-1), Enamul Haque Shamim ( Shariatpur-2), Iqbal Hossain Sabuj (Gazipur-3) and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (Narail-2), to mention only some.
AL leader Jahangir Kabir Nanak did not get his party’s ticket to contest the election from Dhaka-13. In his place, the party selected Dhaka City North unit AL General Secretary Sadek Khan.
A total of 4,023 aspirants had collected nomination forms to get AL ticket for contesting the polls. Earlier on November 9 the party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader inaugurated the nominal paper sale by collecting two nomination forms for party President Sheikh Hasina from AL President Dhanmondi political office.
The selling of nomination papers was concluded on November 12. And the aspirants also submitted the nomination papers on the day.
Apart from Jatiya Party, AL alliance partners registered with the Election Commission (EC) Jatiya Samajtarntik Dal (JSD Inu), Workers Party of Bangladesh, Samyabadi Dal, the Ganatantri Party, the National Awami Party – NAP, and Tarikat Federation and the Jatiya Party (Manju-JP) held talks over seat sharing.
Besides, unregistered parties Gana Azadi League, Ganatantrik Majdur League, Communist Kendra, Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal, Islami Front, Bikolpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) led Jukta Front, Bangladesh and Krishak Sramik Party also formed alliance with AL.