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Ultimate target state power!

AL, BNP may give more seats to allies

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M M Jasim :
The Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which are leading the two major alliances, want to capture the state power at any cost even sacrificing more parliamentary seats in the upcoming national elections, although most of the allied parties do not deserve it.
Party insiders of both the AL and the BNP said that they would try to convince the alliance partners to accept their seat-sharing proposal. Finally, they may sacrifice more seats responding to the demands of the partners. Some allied parties are reportedly demanding illogical number of seats though they are not capable of winning their party candidates even in one seat in the whole country. But in the greater interest, the two major parties will overlook many things.
Just two months ago, the AL and BNP told the media that they would share with the allied parties not more than 25-30 seats. But now they say that the parties will leave at least 70 seats to their allies. Even they are also ready to leave more seats if the allied parties demand.
A senior leader of BNP wishing
 anonymity told The New Nation yesterday that the party's target is to get rid of the AL regime. It will sacrifice more seats to the allies.
"We need a national unity to oust the incumbent government and create a good political atmosphere in the country," he said.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said, they will pick up the most those candidates who will be successful. "All of us have agreed that we should nominate candidates who have the best chance to win."
Another BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, "We are in negotiations with our party leaders and alliance partners about the seat-sharing issue, and will disclose it in due course."
He said they have many competent candidates in every constituency, but they will select candidates based on current political reality.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader said his party would settle seat-sharing issue with its allies within a week.
"If the aspirants from the alliance can assure us that they will win, the Awami League would give them the seats," he said.
"The AL will finalise nominations for the 300 parliamentary seats by Thursday. The alliance would get 65-70 seats," he said.
"I have already handed over the list of the aspirant candidates of the partners to our party president and leader of the alliance Sheikh Hasina," Quader said.
According to sources, in the 14-party alliance Workers Party this time wants 15 seats, JSD-Inu 15 seats while Ambia-led JSD 20 seats.
JP-Manju seeks 20 seats, while Tarikat Federation 15, NAP 10, Dilip Barua-led Samyabadi Dal six, Gonotantri Party 10, Gono Azadi League five and Communist Kendro two.
Another two partners of AL-Gonotantrik Mazdur Party and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD- Rezaur) -- want the AL to "evaluate them properly" during seats allocation, said sources in the combine.
The BNP may offer 60 parliamentary seats to its partners in the Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-party alliance, setting aside the rest for its leaders who have been collecting party nomination papers since Monday.
Party policymakers discussed the seat-sharing issue in the last two days. They would soon sit with the partners in the alliance to settle it, BNP insiders said.
If needed, the party may offer 20 more seats to the partners to avoid any conflict, they said.
Leaders from the Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, may be offered maximum 20 seats.
Among other partners of the 20-party, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) may be offered five seats while Bangladesh Jatiya Party two. Six other registered parties of the combine may be offered one seat each, alliance leaders said.
Some seats will be offered as per the demand of Gonoforum and other parties.

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