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JOF poll aspirants inform BNP of their target seats

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Reza Mahmud :
Leaders of Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF) have informed the BNP about where their top leaders want to contest in the coming Parliamentary election.
BNP and JOF sources said, the negotiation continues about seat sharing among the front aspirants. The final decision will be reached soon, they added.
The JOF leaders are to contest with BNP's election symbol 'Sheaf of Paddy'.
According to JOF sources, the top leader of the front Dr Kamal Hossain is personally reluctant to contest the polls.
But leaders of his party Gono Forum, JOF and the BNP want Dr. Kamal to contest from any Constituency.
 "Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain is disagreeing to participate in the election. But we are not agreeing with his decision. The front and party leaders are trying to convince him about contesting in any constituency," Moshtak Ahmed, a member of JOF central coordination committee and Organising Secretary of Gono Forum told The New Nation on Saturday.
He said, "We are hopeful that Dr. Kamal Hossain will finally be concurred to contest the polls. If he agrees, it may be any constituency from Dhaka he will contest for."
Among the other top leaders of the Front, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President ASM Abdur Rab wants to contest from Luxmipur-4.
BNP sources said, its former MP central leader Ashraf Uddin Nizan may not get party nomination this year to favour ASM Abdur Rab.
Krishak Sramik Janata League President Bangabir Abdul Quader Siddique will contest from Tangail-8 Constituency.
He had won from the Constituency in 1996 as an Awami League candidate and in 2001 with his Krishak Sramik Janata League ticket. He was defeated in 2008 to AL candidate.
Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna told The New Nation that he wants to contest from Bagura-2 Constituency.
On the other hand, Gono Forum General Secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu wants to contest from Dhaka-13 and Dhaka-14 Constituencies.
But both the seats are very important for the BNP as its Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Chairperson's Advisory Council Member Aman Ullah Aman are apparently confirmed to contest from these two Constituencies.
JOF leader and DUCSU's former VP Sultan Mohammad Mansur wants to contest from Moulavibazar-2. He is in comfort as there is no any vital candidate from BNP or Jamaat in the Constituency.
Gono Forum Executive President Advocate Subrato Chowdhury wants to contest from Chattogram-14 Constituency.
But BNP-led 20 party alliance leader and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Colonel (rtd) Oli Ahmed is former MP from the seat.
He also wants to contest in the next polls with BNP's Sheaf of Paddy. Gono Forum source said, Oli Ahmed will contest from Chattogram-13.
Nagorik Oikya Adviser SM Akram wants to contest from Narayangonj-5, where he was a former MP from Awami League.
JSD General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan wants to contest from Cumilla-4. But the local BNP leaders are insisting to get Cumilla North District unit President Manjurul Ahsan Munshi as party nominee. Munshi was former four times MP from 1991 to 2001 in the Constituency.
Moshtak Ahmed, member of JOF central coordination committee will contest from Cumilla-3.
The 20- party alliance sources said that the parties of the alliance are discussing about seat distribution closely.
BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has directed her party leaders to take decision about seat distribution among the alliances under 2008 election time's strategy.
She has given these directions recently after the party senior leaders, including BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, met her in jail.
The BNP had given alliance leaders 40 seats in 2008 polls. 33 seats had given to Jamaat-e-Islami. The rest seven seats were for others.
The party sources said, BNP may consider 60 seats in this election for its two alliances aspirants.
When contacted, ASM Abdur Rab told The New Nation, "All the matter of participating in the election will be solved through negotiations. We are in discussion. How many seats we are wanting will be disclosed soon."
Mahmudur Rahman Manna told The New Nation, "Bagura-2 is my own Constituency. Besides, we want 50 seats for Nagorik Oikya. We have 20 to 25 leaders eligible to win with the support of our alliance."
He also said the allocation of seats among the front will be decided through discussions.
BNP Standing Committee Member Nazrul Islam Khan said that there is no problem about seat allocation among the alliances. Every one of the alliances is ready to compromise for better result in favour of democracy.

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