Some of them are directly associated with the Awami League while several of them already hold posts in the party’s affiliated organizations
A number of celebrities from show business are apparently lobbying hard to secure nominations from the ruling Awami League party for the coming national election.
Veteran actors and directors have already launched election activities to impress Prime Minister and ruling party chief, Sheikh Hasina.
Some of them are directly associated with the Awami League. Several of them already hold posts in the party’s affiliated organizations.
They regularly attend party programs and try to influence senior leaders.
Veteran actor Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooque is one of them. He has been associated with the Awami League for more than five decades. He has also been the leader of Bangabandhu SanskritikJote for many years.
Farooque is trying to get a party nomination from either Dhaka 6 or Gazipur 5 constituencies.
“I am eager to compete in the election,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. “I will join the fray if the party gives the nod.”
Popular Dhallywood actor Shakil Khan has been spending his days in the Mongla-Rampal area of Bagerhat, campaigning for the upcoming election.
He collected nomination papers for the Bagerhat 3 by-polls held on June 25, but later withdrew from the race.
“I have backed off, as party president Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked me to prepare for the upcoming election. I am working for the people here and hopefully I will be nominated,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.
Some senior Awami League leaders said the party is also planning to nominate film-star Shakib Khan from Gopalganj. If Shakib is nominated, then Awami League Presidium Member Faruk Khan may be brought to Dhaka.
Apart from Shakib, actor and businessman Ananta Jalil reportedly has also been trying to secure a nomination from the ruling party.
Actor Shabana met the Prime Minister last year and expressed her interest in joining politics. However, she did not show interest in contesting the election. Her husband, Shibli Sadik is seeking an Awami League nomination from the Jessore 6 constituency.
Actor Moushumi reportedly also expressed her wish to represent Awami League in the next election, while veteran actor Alamgir has already started preparing for the polls.
Among small screen stars, Zahid Hasan is reportedly seeking nomination from Sirajganj. RokeyaPrachy and Shomi Kaiser are trying to secure Awami League nominations for the same Feni constituency. Jyotika Jyoti is also trying to impress the party for nomination from Mymensingh.
Awami League Joint General Secretary, Abdur Rahman, welcomed the celebrities’ willingness to contest polls.
“It is the beauty of democracy,” he said. “It is a very positive sign that people from all spheres of life are trying to serve the country.”
Awami League chief Hasina, and General Secretary ObaidulQuader, have said several times in the past that the party would nominate celebrities, stars, and media personalities, to contest the next election.
Obaidul said the prime minister had received a list of sportsmen, cultural, and media personalities who are interested in joining politics.
“There will definitely be some excitement in the candidate selection for the upcoming election. The Awami League will select several celebrities. A list of celebrities is with the Prime Minister,” he said.
“We are eager to nominate candidates from the sports, cinema, as well as media sectors, depending on their acceptability to people and on who can win,” Obaidul added.