Staff Correspondent
The ruling Awami League (AL) on Friday announced the final list of candidates to contest the December 30 general election.
Out of 300 constituencies, AL issued final nomination letters to its 240 candidates from the party president’s Dhanmondi political office, leaving out 55-60 seats for its partners in the Grand Alliance.
Of the seats left out by AL for its allies, AL’s key alliance partner HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JP) has been given 40 to 42 seats while Workers Party of Bangladesh got five constituencies.
AL left three constituencies for Juktofront, three for Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) faction led by Hasanul Haque Inu, five for Bangladesh Workers Party, three for Bikalpadhara Bangladesh (BDB), two for Tarikat Federation, one for Ambia-led JSD faction, two for Jatiya Party (Manju).
Most of the AL candidates are politicians while 16 to 17 are businessmen, 37 to 38 are freedom fighters and 50 candidates are new comers who were Chhatra League leaders in student life.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader formally announced his party’s final list. Besides, he also announced the final nomination of at Grand Alliance partners. Later, Obaidul Quader distributed the final nomination papers among the AL-led Grand Alliance candidates.
“Awami League has left 60 seats for its alliance partners. Of them, some 40 to 42 seats have been given to HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party,” he told journalists at a press briefing.
Replying to a query he said if any alliance partner wants to contest the polls with its own electoral symbol in any constituency, it will be allowed to do so.
“However, candidates for two constituencies have not been settled yet. We are expecting the issue relating to candidature for two seats will be finalised immediately,” he said.
AL also declared its single candidates for 17 constituencies where it gave nominations to more than one candidate earlier.
The AL candidates who were uncertain about their nomination but finally got the party tickets are – Syed Ashraful Islam from Kishoreganj-1, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury from Rangpur-6, Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir from Chandpur-1, Shafiqur Rahman from Barishal-4, ASM Firoz from Patuakhali-2, AKM Shahjahan from Laxmipur-3, BM Kabirul Haque from Narail-1, Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu from Borguna-1, Nizam Uddin Jalil from Naogaon-5, Abul Kalam Azad from Jamalpur-1, Shahidul Islam Bakul from Natore-1, Mohammad Mozaffar Hossain from Jamalpur-5, Habibur Rahman Mollah from Dhaka-13, Haji Selim from Dhaka-7, Akbar Hossian Pathan Faruk from Dhaka-15 and Nurul Amin from Chandpur-1.,