Ruling Awami League is likely to declare the final list of its candidates for the 11th parliamentary polls today (Friday).
“The nomination process of Awami League and the grand alliance has already been completed under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. Party-backed candidates are likely to get the final letters tomorrow,” Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Thursday.
Quader came up with he remark while addressing a joint meeting of Swechhasebak League at Awami League central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
“It is a tough job to pick up the best candidates from all the aspirants. The Awami League president has collected survey reports on the aspirants of all parties every six months and finally picked up the candidates based on the survey reports,” he said, adding that they also reached a consensus with the alliance over seat-sharing issue without any hassle.
The Awami League spokesperson said his party made changes in some seats as it thought some candidates may draw flak.
“Awami League completed the nomination process, but aggrieved aspirants may stage demonstrations in some places as the party has to sacrifices some seats,” Quader said.“We do not have any alternative to victory as our defeat may push the country towards a dark era similar to the one in 2001. So we have to remain united,” he added.
Urging the leaders and activists to remain alert against any kind of conspiracy, the AL general secretary said the opposition may stage sabotage and carry out violent activities.
“They (BNP) have started it soon after the announcement of the polls schedule. They are hatching conspiracies at home and abroad,” he said.
Quader alleged that Jatiya Oikya Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain surrendered to the politics of BNP and staying away from contesting the polls.
Kamal Hossain refrained from making any statement under the directive of convicted Tarique Rahman, who is staying in London, he said.
“What a shame that Kamal Hossain, Kader Siddiqui, Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Mostafa Mohsin are being guided by Tarique Rahman!” he said.
Swechhasebak League president Molla Abu Kaiser and Dhaka south city unit general secretary Shahe Alam Murad, among others, were present at the meeting.