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Awami League on election boat

Update : 29 Oct 2013, 08:32 PM

The ruling Awami League is all set for electioneering with its door open for the much-awaited dialogue with the main opposition BNP on the polls-time government.

If the Awami League fails to bring BNP into the electoral battle it will go for the polls without the participation of the BNP-led 18-party alliance.

At the same time, AL is making its preparations to face the movement of the BNP-led campaign for the installation of a non-partisan caretaker government, said a source in Awami League.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the ruling AL president, unveiled her intension in Monday’s cabinet meeting, where she categorically said that polls-time all-party government would be formed with all political parties without BNP if it does not respond to her calls.

Hasina also said the government would do its best to bring all political parties, including BNP, to the upcoming election, but if BNP remained rigid on its stance, the government would have no alternative but to hold the election, keeping them away from the electoral processThe AL president asked her party men to counter vandalism and repression unleashed by the opposition.

The ruling party has already started its poll-centric all-out preparation. The party will finalise its nomination list for 300 constituencies in the first week of November and start to sell nomination papers from November 10.

Sources in the party also confirmed that the party would finalise seat sharing with its allies by the first half of November. And it will organise a show of strength at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 3.

Talking to the Dhaka Tribune AL Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim said the party had started its election preparation keeping the door open for negotiation with BNP.

“As BNP will not come to any compromise there is no alternative but to hold the election,” he said. “Nothing waits for anything.”

Alleging that BNP might carry out subversive activities to execute its evil plan the AL presidium member said AL-men across the country would resist it.

The ruling AL-led 14-party alliance from a meeting on Sunday called upon the PM to conclude the dialogue process expeditiously and urged the Election Commission to initiate the process for poll immediately.

Still many leaders of Awami League are fearing political chaos in the coming days as they believe there is a slim chance of reaching a consensus over the polls-time government.

At an anti-hartal rally at Bangabandhu Avenue, AL Joint General Secretary Mahabub-Ul-Alam Hanif on Tuesday said the PM’s invitation to the opposition leader was still in place and the opposition leader could turn up any day responding to the call.

“We will wait until the last minute as we want to hold the election with the participation of all the political parties. The timeframe for election has been stipulated in the constitution,” he said.

AL Organising Secretary Khalid Mahamud Chowdhury told the Dhaka Tribune that the Awami League’s polls preparation was going on in full swing.  

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