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Both ruling Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are facing hurdles with sky-high demands of allies for parliamentary seats.
According political analysts and local sources, AL alliance partner Jatiya Party, who has a very slim chance of getting more than one seat if they go to the election independently, demanded 100 seats.
Similarly, BNP is also facing a tremendous pressure over sharing seats with the alliance partners. As for Mahmudur Rahman Manna, who has no constituency, demanded 40 seats, they added. On the other hand, Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain has brought in dozens of NGO and legal people who neither have any stake nor acceptability among the people. He also sought around 20 seats for them. It would be a total loss for BNP if they share the seats with Manna-led Nagorik Oikya and Dr Kamal-led Gonoforum, they continued.
But, the AL is in a relatively comfortable position compared to BNP in this regard, the analysts observed.
AL’s alliance partners — Jatiya Party and others — continued putting pressure on AL to give them more seats while BNP’s partners — 20-party alliance members and Oikyafront — are trying to convince the party (BNP) to get more seats. As a result AL-led Grand Alliance and BNP-led Oikyafront are taking time to announce their respective full sets of candidates’ name, saying the delay is due to a strategic reason.
The final lists of the aspirants of the Grand Alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront are likely to be made public on December 2 after scrutiny of nomination papers, according to party sources.
More discussions among the front ranking leaders of Grand Alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront will be taken place to reach a consensus, sources said.
But the high commands of both AL and BNP made their stand clear that the seats have already been allocated among the alliance partners as per popularity and acceptability to their respective constituencies.
Analysts say if the alliance partners of the two major political parties of the country contest the general election alone with their respective polls symbols, it will not be possible for them to win.
The analysts stressed that these alliance partners’ leaders became members of parliament when they contested all national polls in the past under the banner of either AL or BNP.
As they are privileged by big political parties like AL and BNP, they are now adamant to get more seats. As a result, the high commands of AL and BNP are suffering an embarrassing situation, the analysts observed.
Earlier AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader said the announcement of the official list of the nominated candidates of AL-led Grand Alliance and 14-party alliance would take more time for the strategic and tactical reason.
In the face of tremendous pressure, AL on Tuesday gave 47 seats to HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party.
The Jatiya Party is going to submit nomination for around 150 other constituencies, according to party insiders.
Meanwhile, AL has issued letters to its 231 candidates who have been selected to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary election.
The nomination seekers received the letters from the party office on Sunday while a number of new faces made way into the list but a few heavyweight candidates failed to fetch the party ticket.
On the other hand, Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday said they are initially giving nominations to their candidates based on parties, not on the alliance, due to time constraints.
He also said they can reach an understanding over nominating candidates based on the alliance before the deadline for withdrawal of candidature.