The ruling Awami League will start interviewing the party aspirants today to finalise its candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for December 30.
Insiders say party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will award dream party ticket to the aspirants based on the opinions of the grass roots and survey reports.
Some 4,023 Awami League aspirants have collected nomination forms to compete in the election to be contested by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led alliance.
The party’s parliamentary board headed by Sheikh Hasina will interview the nomination seekers at her political office at Dhanmondi in the capital.
Awami League will pick clean-image candidates to woo voters so that it can come to power for the consecutive third term, a party source said.
Candidates from Jatiya Party (Ershad) may also be picked as the party will participate in the election under the AL-led grand alliance like in 2008.
Under the circumstances, the ruling party may have to drop more than 100 controversial incumbent MPs and ministers to avert defeat in the election.
As the next election will be crucial one for the party, the party president herself will pick candidates.
Some 120 seasoned MPs are expecting to get nomination to contest the polls again while the rest may be dropped due to their controversial activities, insiders said.
Though several surveys on the popularity of the aspirants have been made, the Awami League president is yet to finalise any name for any constituency.
Sheikh Hasina has already declared that she will not give nomination to the party lawmakers who earned bad name for getting involved in controversial acts.
“I have been monitoring the activities of the ministers and lawmakers. Those who will be found involved in intra-party conspiracies and misdeeds won’t get nomination,” she said.
Issuing a note of warning against the controversial MPs, Sheikh Hasina said that an evaluation report on the party lawmakers is already at her hand.
“We’ll not give nomination considering the faces of the aspirants only,” she added.
Controversial ministers and lawmakers, who have created intra-party grouping in their areas through nepotism, are worried about the party chief’s such stance.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said their party will take opinions of the grass roots before nominating anybody for contesting the polls.
“The aspirants, who are acceptable to the people in the opinion polls, will be given party ticket. Those who are unpopular will not get nomination,” he added.