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11th general election: Seat allotment among 14-party alliance likely to be finalized Thursday

  • Published at 11:24 pm November 21st, 2018
Dialogue held between Awami League and 14-Party Alliance leaders
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at a dialogue held between Awami League and 14-Party Alliance leaders at Ganabhaban on Sunday , November 4, 2018 Focus Bangla

Negotiations are still in progress between the Awami League and other alliance partners

The Awami League-led 14-party alliance is likely to finalize their allotment of seats among the alliance partners on Thursday, as interviews for the nomination seekers nears the end.

Negotiations are still in progress between the Awami League and other partners, sources in the alliance said. Among the partners, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Workers Party have reportedly demanded the largest number of seats.

Awami League Presidium member and 14-party alliance spokesperson, Mohammed Nasim, said: “The alliance will decide on the seat allotment among the partners by this week.”

Sources in the Awami League told the Bangla Tribune that Jatiya Party demanded for 100 seats at first, but Awami League wants to allot only 36 seats for them. The two parties are still negotiating the allotment, but Jatiya Party is not willing to take less than 36.

The faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSad), led by Hasanul Haq Inu, is asking for six seats like before, but the ruling party is willing to give only three.

When contacted, JaSad General Secretary Shirin Akhter said: “We were allotted six seats in the last election. This time, we are expecting more.

Asked whether the fact that two JaSad MPs shifting to another faction of the party, led by Nurul Ambia, would affect the allotment, she said: “That faction (of JaSad) is not registered as a political entity. So allotting fewer seats to us based on how many MPs that faction has is not justifiable.”

Workers Party has asked for 10 seats, said the party’s general secretary, Fazle Hossain Badshah. “We have high hopes of grabbing all of them.”

However, he said his party would not seek candidacy from Narail 2 constituency, which has been their stronghold, if national cricket star Mashrafe Bin Mortaza gets Awami League ticket for that seat.

Among the rest of the partners, Ganatantri Party and Communist Kendra have sought five and three seats, respectively.

Meanwhile, the ruling party is not interested in the demands made by partners like Samyabadi Dal, National Awami Party (Mozaffar) and Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (Reza), which the Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, made clear during a recent meeting with the alliance partners.

Sources quoted her as saying: “Anyone who has a remote chance of losing security deposit for the election will not be awarded the election ticket.”