Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will sacrifice 50 to 60 seats for its two partners — 20-party alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront — to contest the December 30 national elections.
Besides, the party will finalise its candidates within a day or two as the last date of nomination paper submission is on November 28.
On Friday night, members of BNP standing committee, the party’s highest policymaking body, sat for finalising their candidates’ nomination at party chairperson’s Gulshan office in the city. The meeting that began at 7pm Friday continued till 3am Saturday.
According to party insiders, the midnight meeting was joined over phone by Tarique Zia who gave directives to the members of the policymaking body from London.
However, when contacted some front ranking leaders refused to make any comment over Tarique Rahman joining them.
But they said issues relating to overall political situation, finalisation of party candidates and seat sharing with 20-party alliance and Oikyafront were discussed widely.
“As the last date of filing nomination is just three days away, we are now busy with finalising our candidates,” a highly placed source in the party said.
He said keeping aside 50 to 60 seats for their two alliance partners, BNP is going to finalise its candidates for 240-250 seats through a four-day interview of its nomination seekers.
The party completed interviewing its aspirants on November 21, and the party has already drafted a final list of candidates for around 250 seats, apparently leaving the rest 50-60 seats for its partners.
Party insiders said their party guided by Tarique Zia has already conducted a survey across the country, and the nomination is being given based on that.
Apart from their main candidates, BNP leaders said they also have a plan to field at least three dummy contenders in every parliamentary seat, who will contest as independent runners so that the party and its alliances can employ sufficient numbers of polling agents at every booth of 42,000 voting centres on the voting day to check possible manipulation.