• Saturday, Jul 02, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Awami League under pressure to share more seats with allies

  • Published at 09:27 pm November 30th, 2018
web-al-japa-dialogue-ganabhaban-focus-bangla-05.11.2018
Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leads her party's side during a dialogue with Jatiya Party-led Sammilito Jatiya Jote at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Monday, November 5, 2018 Focus Bangla

According to sources, the Awami League-led alliance is likely to offer 36 seats to Jatiya Party, although no official announcement has yet been made and negotiations are ongoing

The Awami League is facing mounting pressure to share more seats with its alliance partners ahead of the upcoming 11th parliamentary election.

A presidium member of Jatiya Party (JaPa) who wished to remain anonymous told the Dhaka Tribune that Awami League has said it will share 69 seats with the members of its 14-Party Alliance.

This figure falls within the “65 to 70 seats” already pledged by Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader. 

However, several senior JaPa leaders have expressed frustration over the seat sharing process. 

At a briefing at the Dhanmandi 3 office of the AL party president Sheikh Hasina on Thursday, Quader said they had asked the Jatiya Party to file nomination papers for 300 seats.

“After negotiation on seat sharing, the final alliance candidates will get Awami League's nomination certificates,” he said.

According to sources, the Awami League-led alliance is likely to offer 36 seats to the HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party although no official announcement has yet been made and negotiations are ongoing.

Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary, the chairperson of another alliance member, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, said the ruling party has allocated them two seats although they were hoping to get one more.  

The general secretary of Workers Party Bangladesh, Fazle Hossain Badsha, said they were also hoping for a larger share of the spoils after it was promised five seats. 

“We did not get seats according to our demand but we will get at least two more seats,” he said. 

Among the smaller alliance partners, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD-Inu) is expected to receive three seats, while Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Ambia) and Bikalpa Dhara should each get two. 

Despite the obvious shortfalls, the 14-party alliance leaders denied that they are “pressurizing” the Awami League over the seat-sharing issue.  

A total of 281 Awami League candidates filed nominations in 264 of the total 300 constituencies nationwide before the submission deadline expired on Wednesday.

Election Commission sources said that additionally, 233 candidates have filed nominations from Jatiya Party (JaPa) in 210 seats, while there are 53 candidates from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD-Inu) and 37 from Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh.

There were also 20 nominations filed by Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, 17 by Jatiya Party (JP-Manju), 33 by Workers Party of Bangladesh (Menon), and three from Samyabadi Dal.

While the Awami League had originally planned to complete the seat sharing process with its allies before the expiry of the deadline for filing nomination papers, the party later changed its stance. 

Now, the ruling party says it will only finalize the seat allocations by the final December 9 deadline for the withdrawal of candidates.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail