AL starts pre-poll campaign with fresh vigour

Anaet Shawon

3 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The ruling Awami League (AL) has started preparatory work for the upcoming national election with fresh vigour after completion of its month-long mourning programmes.

Though the party officially launched its electioneering activities from January 30 this year through a public meeting in Sylhet, the pre-election campaign has apparently came to a halt in August due to the mourning month.

The month-long mourning programme ended on Friday through a discussion organised by Bangladesh Chhatra League at Ganabhaban with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The ruling camp resumed its pre-election campaign on Saturday through holding a meeting of its leaders of the secretariat and 14-party alliance.

The next national election will be held in December this year.

AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim said that they would remain on the streets till announcement of the election schedule.

“We will hold eight rallies at divisional headquarters to drum up public support in favour of the alliance,” he said. 

Sources said the ruling side starts district visits from September 7 and at least 15 public rallies will be organised in seven districts, including Pabna, Natore, Dinajpur, Joypurhat, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat, during the visit to the northern part of the country.

Later, the party will organise similar visits to other parts of the country this month, sources said.

Fifteen delegations led by party presidiums, joint general secretaries and organising secretaries will resume their countrywide visit ahead of the polls.

Earlier in June and July, the Awami League held extended meetings with its grass roots leaders across the country and directed them to portray the real picture of development activities carried out by the government, form unity among them and take preparations for the 11th parliamentary elections.

As the Election Commission plans to hold the 11th general election in the last week of December, the party wants to complete all works, including formation of election steering committee, centre-based committees, preparing election manifesto and campaign strategies and completion of constituency based survey, as part of the election preparation by this month, party insiders confirmed.

Later, AL will give green signal to all party candidates in 300 constituencies by this month so that the candidates can start working for the upcoming national elections.

Apart from these, the party will visit to the districts and upazilas to solve the problems of the organisation, internal feud among the leaders and verify the popularity of party candidates.

The AL central leaders also said they will create election environment among the grass roots across the country so that the opposition cannot wage movement ahead of the national polls.

Speaking at a party programme on Saturday, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said they have started preparatory works for the upcoming national elections.

“We will complete seat sharing with the alliance partners within this month,” he said.

AL presidium member Faruk Khan told the daily sun that preparatory works for election started with a new spirit after the end of mourning month.

“We will complete all centre-based committees, holding regular meetings of election steering committee and others works, including election manifesto, district visits and campaign strategies,” he said.

AL organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said, “We will soon resume organisational tour to districts.”