Looking towards the Awami League, the 'Sabalak' National Party

Looking towards the Awami League, the ‘Sabalak’ National Party

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Jatiya Party can’t be kept in the election without seat compromise – the ruling party is walking on the path of compromise after getting this message.

The Jatiya Party (Japa) now considers itself a ‘junior’. Awami League also hopes that Zapa, which has received the title of ‘homegrown’ opposition party, will now be seen as a ‘real’ opposition party. However, JPA cannot be kept in the election without seat compromise – the ruling party is walking on the path of compromise after receiving this message.

Although Japa leaders are saying that they will not enter into any bargaining for seats, almost all the top leaders of the party want to become members of Parliament. Japan has doubts as to how much it is possible without compromise with Awami League.

For that, whatever the leaders of the party say in their statements, the party is looking towards the Awami League. Japa is believed to have spoken to several top leaders. As a result, they have given a message to the ruling party that ZAP cannot be kept in the election without compromise.
It is not yet clear how Awami League’s agreement with Japa will be this time. But in the meantime Japa Secretary General. Nomination of Awami League candidate for Mujibul Haque (Chunnu) seat has been cancelled. On the other hand, Awami League has not given a candidate for Japa leader AKM Salim Osman’s seat in Narayanganj-5 seat.

Some of the Awami League consider the exclusion of the party’s candidate for the seat of Zapa leaders as a sign of compromise. They say that Awami League has already given a relatively ‘weak’ candidate to the seat of the top leaders of Japa.

Several sources of Awami League say that there has been no direct discussion with Japa at the political level of Awami League about the seat agreement. Several parties worked internally on behalf of the Awami League to convince Zapa to participate in the elections, to resolve the conflict between party chairman GM Quader and chief sponsor Roshan Ershad, and to deal with the party’s demands. Those parties are still in contact with Japa.

Awami League president Sheikh Hasina will hold a meeting with the partners of the 14-party alliance at Ganabhaban on Monday evening. Scrutiny of nomination papers ends today. December 17 is the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers. Before this, Awami League leaders said that a compromise may be taken at the political level with Japa. They say that Japa leaders are personally communicating with Awami League leaders. But a formal agreement will have to wait.

On Sunday, Zapa Secretary General Mujibul Haque told reporters, “Japa has become subaltern.” When Prothom Alo asked in what sense it has become subaltern, he said last night, “We are not thinking about alliances this time.” I stand on my own feet. I gave candidates all over the country. This is what I call Sabalak.’ He said that there was no discussion about compromise with Awami League.

Party sources of Awami League say that there is some discomfort in Awami League about Zapa. The Awami League feels that the party’s reluctance to participate in the election this time, they cannot be fully trusted until the last time of withdrawal of nomination papers. For this, Awami League is keeping Zapa involved through other parties.

Zapa has been an ally of Awami League since 2006. In every subsequent election since 2008, JAPA has participated in consensual polls. Japa leaders were also cabinet members in 2008 and 2014. Since then, the party has been dubbed the ‘domesticated’ opposition party.

Regarding the Jatiya Party yesterday, in a briefing at the Dhanmondi office of the Awami League, the party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader said that the Jatiya Party has not sent any list to the Awami League regarding seat sharing. This is the right time for Jatiya Party to prove itself as a real opposition party.

Both sides are thinking from a vantage point
The number of seats of Jatiya Party elected by direct vote in the present parliament is 23. The party feels that it will be difficult to establish the legitimacy of the government after the election without Zapa’s participation in the non-BNP polls. Therefore, their demand for 60 seats will not go without 40.

On the other hand, Awami League’s policy makers are assessing that Zapa has not been able to increase its popularity or organizational strength even in the parliament in the last decade and a half. The party is basically becoming leader dependent. They will not exist if they do not participate in elections. Apart from this, Japa is openly saying that they want fair elections. Awami League is guaranteeing fair elections. As a result, there is no need to discount more seats.

Apart from this, most of the constituencies outside Dhaka which Japa won in the last election are either BNP-dominated or there is no strong Awami League candidate. All in all, there may be some kind of compromise in 10-15 seats of important leaders.

BNP urged to look into the polls*

Sources of Awami League say that if Japa votes this time with the aim of becoming a real opposition party, the party will benefit in the long term. Because, Awami League and independent candidates of the party are on the ballot all over the country. On this occasion some votes of anti-Awami League and BNP will go to Zapa box. If this is done, Jappa’s seats will not increase but their votes will increase.

Japa Secretary General Mujibul Haque told Prothom Alo that Japa has no weakness in choosing alone this time. They are not worried about winning or losing elections. He said, “If the vote is fair, we will get anti-Awami League votes.” Then we will have more seats than Awami League.

But another responsible leader of Japa told Prothom Alo, Japa leaders who want to become members of parliament and ministers easily, are pushing for reconciliation. [ According to the PROTHOMALO ]

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