Aspirants assured the party high command of staying away from infighting and working together so that all the candidates can come out successful
The BNP nomination board on Monday gave strong messages to its nomination seekers to stay united and refrain from intra-party conflicts and violence, as the party wants to return to power through a credible and peaceful general election.
After facing the interview by the BNP nomination board, a number of aspirants said they were also instructed to get ready to resist any kind of vote fraud with their united efforts.
The nomination board also asked the party hopefuls to work for the candidates of their alliance partners with the same spirit,provide them all-out cooperation in the greater interest of the party and have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail.
The aspirants said they assured the board of staying away from infighting and working together with a formidable spirit so that all the candidates of the “sheaf of paddy”, the BNP’s electoral symbol, can come out successful.
Sabira Sultana, a nomination seeker from Jessore 2 constituency, said:“Our acting chairman first described the situation under which we are joining the election. Then, he asked us to remain united, not to engage in any internal conflict, and work for whichever candidate gets the party nomination. We have assured him and the party standing committee members that we’ll abide by their decisions, come what may.”
She said the nomination board also asked them to stay alert,not to respond to provocative acts by any quarter and stay away from violence. “But we have been instructed to resist any move to rig votes and capture polling stations.”
Mohammad Musa, who wants to contest in the election from Jessore 5, said:“Our leaders said we must abide by any decision on the party nomination, as it’s a very critical time for the party. We assured our leaders that we will work together, no matter who is getting the nomination, to ensure the party’s victory.”
MaksudulHasan Khan, a nomination hopeful from Chuadanga 2, said they were instructed to work for the party in the election rising above personal interest and misunderstanding and conflicts among them. “We were also directed to get ready from now on so that our opponents cannot indulge in vote rigging and irregularities.”
He said they are given directives to remain vigilant so that the ruling party cannot shift the blame on them by carrying out any violent acts. “We all promised that we wouldnot violate any party decision orinvolve ourselves in any conflict orviolence.”
Iftekhar Alam Agni, a nomination seeker from Jessore 1, said they assured the party high-ups that they wouldnot harm the party unity for their personal interests, and work for the victory of the “sheaf of paddy” to take the party to power and free their chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Aninda Islam Amit, son of the party’s late standing committee member Tariqul Islam and a nomination hopeful from Jessore 3 seat, said:“Our acting chairman told us that the party and the country are now in a crisis and democracy is regulated. Our unity can help us get rid of it.”
Syed MoazzemHossainAlal, party joint secretary general and aspirant from Barisal 5, said Tarique told them that all the nomination seekers have more or less made sacrifices for the party as well as contributions to it.
“There are many competent candidates. We have to select one in each constituency. We also have to share seats with our friends from our alliances. So all must accept the party decision, whatever it may be,” he quoted their acting chairman as telling them.
Abu NaserRahmatUllah, also the nomination seeker from Barisal 5, said they were directed to remain united and work hard for the “sheaf of paddy” instead of thinking about any person or candidate.
Saidul Alam Milon, a nomination seeker from Bhola 3, said they assured their party high command that they wouldrefrain from intra-party conflicts and violence and put in their best efforts to check vote rigging so that the party can win the polls.
BNP Secretary General Fakhrul said their party is united and all will work for the candidates the party will nominate. “We have taken part in the election as part of our movement, and we know the results of the election will determine the future of Bangladesh’s democracy.”
He said they will consider loyalty towards the party and devotion todemocracy as the main criteria in selecting candidates.