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25 Jamaat men run as BNP candidates
BNP has nominated 25 leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component of the 20-party alliance, to contest the upcoming polls with its electoral symbol 'Sheaf of Paddy'.
It has handed out nomination letters, signed by BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, to Jamaat men to attach them along with their nomination papers filed with the offices of the Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers, insiders in both party said.
"We have received 25 nomination letters from the BNP," Matiur Rahman Akand, organising secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami, told BDchronicle today.
As political party Jamaat can not run the election since its registration with the Election Commission was cancelled by the High Court.
Therefore, the party men were initially preparing for contesting the parliamentary polls as independent candidates. If they would participate in the polls as independent candidates, they would not have got a common symbol for all.
Later, Jamaat leaders informed the BNP high command that they wanted to use BNP's electoral symbol in the election.
Finally, it has been disclosed that the BNP has nominated Jamaat men from 25 seats as its own candidate.
According to the electoral law, the Jamaat leaders who are contesting the polls with BNP tickets and symbol will be considered as BNP's candidates.
WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
Election Commission has revised polls schedule, deferring the 11th general election by a week to December 30 – a decision taken on November 12.
The authorities have fixed November 28 as the deadline for filing nomination papers, December 2 for scrutiny and December 9 last date of withdrawal.
The move came following demands from several opposition political parties.
IS EVERYONE PARTICIPATING?
Chief Election Commissioner has said that there is a congenial atmosphere in the country – echoing the words of the ruling party.
However, major opposition alliances like the JatiyaOikyafront, which includes BNP, and the BikalpaDhara-led Juktafront have sought for delaying the schedule.
Until thus far, it seems that the coming parliamentary election will not be the “non-participatory election” that was its predecessor.
All the major political parties are gearing up to contest in the election and there has been no threats of a boycott or withdrawal unlike the last time.