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AL allies for early seat sharing, want 150
Parties in the ruling Awami League-led alliance want AL to immediately settle the issue of seat sharing for the 11th parliamentary polls due by January 28, 2019.
The Awami League, however, wants to take more time, as the seat sharing would depend on the decision of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to take part in the elections or not, Awami League leaders said.
They also said that early seat sharing would cause the Awami League to face crisis to satisfy the party aspirants and the allies as it would not possible to meet their aspirations and demands.
Parties in the existing AL-led alliance already handed over lists of 70 of their possible candidates to alliance spokesperson AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim, alliance sources said.
They said that the Workers Party of Bangladesh wanted 15, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction led by Hasanul Haq Inu 15, Bangladesh Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal 13, Jatiya Party faction led by Anwar Hossain Monju 10 and other parties sought 17 seats.
Mohammad Nasim told on Friday that all the procedures of the seat sharing among the allies already completed.
Now our party president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will sit with the leaders of the allies to finalise the strategies for the next 11th national elections and settle the issue of seat sharing, Nasim said.
Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, also the social welfare minister, said that the issue of seat sharing should have been settled earlier.
Now it should be settled soon, Menon added.
Bangladesh Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Sharif Nurul Ambia said that the delay in seat sharing would create misunderstanding among the allies.
Awami League leaders, however, said that if BNP decided to take part in the elections, AL would once again expand its alliance taking the Jatiya Party led by HM Ershad.
Jatiya Party secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader said that the party was ready to take part in the elections alone and already selected party candidates for all the 300 parliamentary constituencies.
But, if BNP takes part in the elections, our party chairman HM Ershad can change the decision and we can form grand alliance with the Awami League again, he said.
Our party presidium at a recent meeting unanimously empowered the party chairman to take policy decision on the next general elections, Ruhul said.
He claimed that a Jatiya Party survey showed that the party candidates would win 79 seats.
We will seek 80 seats from Awami League, he said.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader meanwhile announced in different programmes that AL would leave highest 65–70 seats for allies, including the Jatiya Party led by Ershad.