Hasina appeals to rebel candidates to withdraw
Published : Sunday, 9 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 526
Sheikh Hasina, the Awami League President and Prime Minister, on Saturday wrote to the party 'rebel candidates' requesting them to withdraw their candidature and to concentrate in all-out efforts to make AL-led grand alliance victorious in the upcoming polls.
"The sacrifice, efforts, sincerity and all that you (rebel candidates) have done for the party are under my consideration," she said on the eve of the last day of withdrawal of nomination papers on Sunday (today). She expressed her sincere regrets as she could not nominate them.
The AL is contesting the general elections under the banner of grand alliance like 2008 as its archrival BNP is taking part in the polls with their alliance. This time, the grand alliance included Juktofront led by Bikalpadhara Bangladesh while old partners Jatiya Party led by HM Ershad and 14-party partners remain in the alliance.
Addressing the AL men who are in the race but did not get party tickets finally, Sheikh Hasina wrote separately, "I specially request you to withdraw your candidature in favour of the candidate of the grand alliance for the sake of contesting the elections unitedly, to concentrate on all-out efforts to make the grand alliance victorious."
"Your sacrifice, efforts, sincerity and all that you have done for the party are under my active consideration," the AL President wrote. The ruling party has given a copy of the letter to the media.
She says, "Your role is commendable for making Awami League a strong and welfare oriented political party. I express gratitude to you for implementing the organizational programmes and playing unremitting role for the welfare of the country."
Sheikh Hasina said in the politics of AL all the aspirants have sacrifices and contributions. However, it was very tough to nominate a single candidate for a seat as the party has several eligible candidates in terms of sacrifice, aptitude, capability and popularity.
She said she can guarantee that none has the organizational power to defeat AL in polls if AL remains united.
Meanwhile, AL Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, a key leader in quelling rebel candidates, at a press conference on Saturday he said, they have several candidates in 24 seats. Of them, at least 6 candidates have already withdrawn their candidatures and the rest will do so by the last day of the withdrawal date.
The ruling party has engaged its four central leaders who are also sitting MPs but were not given party tickets on 'special duties' centring the polls. They will quell infighting regarding the upcoming national elections and continuously monitor in all the seats, according to AL central leader Advocate Riazul Kabir Kawser.
An AL leader said Sheikh Hasina has asked the four leaders to oversee the matters of polling agents, the campaigns and coordination with local leaders and activists.