Due to strategic reason, Awami League did not officially unveil the names of its nominees for the upcoming national election on Monday. The party will disclose the names along with its allies after scrutinising the list and observing the field level surveys.
AL also did not disclose the names of candidates from the 14-party alliance due to strategic, technical and tactical reason.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader made these remarks while addressing a press conference at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office in the capital on Monday.
Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said candidates who are winnable and eligible will be given the nomination.
“We made a list for our party but we have not made any list for the press. We gave the letters to some 231 candidates. We also gave two letters to candidates in several constituencies. We will do another field survey and select one after the survey report”, he said.
About massive broadcasting of fake names of nomination in various television channels, he said, it is very embarrassing that names of the candidates whom we did not give the nomination are also being broadcasted on television channels.
“What will be the situation if you do not get the nomination but your name and photo are continuously being telecast on TV channels?, Quader asked, urging the journalists to refrain from broadcasting such fake news.
About 14 party alliance partners, he said, “We have kept 65 to 70 seats for our alliance partners. Of them, Jatiya Party (JP) will get a larger share as it is our bigger ally.”
Replying to a question about nominating Abdur Rahman Bodi’s wife instead of him, the minister said, according to field level survey, Bodi is most popular in Cox’s Bazar.
“But we did not give him nomination because there are some allegations against him,” the AL general secretary said, adding that they did not find any such allegation against Bodi’s wife.
Answering to another question about the rebel candidates, he said the rebel candidates will be expelled from the party.
Referring to the International Republican Institute (IRI) report on Sheikh Hasina’s popularity, Obaidul Quader said IRI survey said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s popularity has increased by 70 percent. The survey was not conducted by AL but IRI.
“On the contrary, BNP is a party of terrorists, according to a Canadian court,” Quader said.
Mentioning the latest report of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the minister also said, according to FBI Khaleda Zia was engaged in Niko corruption but Sheikh Hasina was not.
Replying to another question, he said BNP and their alliance Jatiya Oikyofront are trying to foil the election.
“For that purpose, they want the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner before one month of election,” the minister said.