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S M Mizanur Rahman
The ruling Awami League (AL)-led Grand Alliance and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led Jatiya Oikyafront will finalise the list of candidates of respective parties and alliances by tomorrow (Friday).
Both the parties have fixed eyes on those candidates who would be able to win the 11th parliamentary election scheduled to be held on December 30.
High commands and senior leaders of both AL-led Grand Alliance and BNP-led Oikyafront are now framing strategies on how they can ensure victory in the election by choosing their best candidates.
As the Election Commission (EC) will hear and dispose of the appeals of the rejected candidates by Sunday (December 8) and as the last date for candidacy withdrawal is December 9, AL and BNP are now waiting for the latest development.
After withdrawal of the nomination papers, the commission will distribute the electoral symbols, and candidates across the country will be allowed to begin election campaign.
On a final bid, senior leaders of AL and BNP are continuously holding talks and meetings with their respective alliance partners to reach an agreement over seat sharing.
A senior leader of the AL-led Grand Alliance said the final list of the grand alliance candidates is expected to be declared tomorrow (Friday).
“Leaders of Grand Alliance are constantly holding meetings to finalise the list. The names of the candidates will be disclosed jointly,” he said.
According to party insiders, AL is going leave 50 to 55 seats for its alliance partners.
The AL high command is now trying to make those leaders, who failed to get party tickets but submitted nomination papers as independent candidates, withdraw their candidatures, said sources.
Meanwhile, the AL leaders assigned to conduct the party’s polls related activities have already begun their work.
The rebel candidates have already been asked to withdraw their nominations and work for the AL-grand alliance candidates. Otherwise, they will have to face the music, said the sources.
On the other hand, BNP is examining and crosschecking its candidates’ list in order to choose the fittest ones.
However, the party is likely to announce its final list anytime, sources in the BNP said.
The members of the parliamentary board of BNP held two separate meetings at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in this regard.
BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman now in London joined the meetings over Skype.
As a total of 141 candidates’ nominations were scrapped by their respective returning officers, the party is now modifying the list of candidates.
Besides, neither BNP nor any of its alliance partners has any candidate to contest the national election from Dhaka-1, Manikganj-2 and Bogura-7 as the nominations of all the candidates of the party were cancelled during EC scrutiny.
Meanwhile, BNP-led Oikyafront decided to form its coordination committee based on every constituency to carry out electioneering in favour of the candidates of ‘Paddy Sheaf’.
And Jatiya Oikyafront candidates will be provided with the election symbol, ‘Paddy Sheaf’, after December 8.
They have already sent a letter to the leaders of their every district units to immediately form the committee, said the sources.
According to party insiders, all the coordination committees will be formed before finalising Oikyafront’s candidates for 300 seats.
BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront leaders have also a plan to reach out to people in every area of the country to carry out electioneering in favour of their candidates.