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BNP starts handing over nomination letters

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:18 PM, 26 November 2018   Updated: 04:18 PM, 26 November 2018



BNP formally started handing over nomination letters to the candidates its board selected for contesting the forthcoming national election at its Chairperson's Gulshan office on Monday afternoon.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir started the process handing over the nomination letters of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia to Bogura BNP president Saiful Islam for Bogura-6 and to her adviser Helaluzzaman Lalu for Bogura-7 at 3:15 pm.

Mirza Fakhrul broke down into tears while handing over the nomination letters of Khaleda Zia and could not speak for a while at that time.

“May Allah help her get released from jail so that she could take part in the election and work for establishing people's right,” said Fakhrul after handing over the nomination letters of Khaleda Zia.

The issuance of nomination letters among the Barisal division aspirants will start at 4 pm while among Rangpur division aspirants at 6 pm and Rajshahi division seekers at 8pm, party sources said.

On Sunday, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said they will formally issue nomination letters on Monday.

Another party standing committee member, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, said they have finalised the list of their party candidates. “We're now in discussions with our partners of the Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-party.”

He said their party standing committee nominated the candidates based on their competence, capability and popularity.

Party insiders said some of its leaders informally received their nomination letters on Sunday night while most of the nomination hopefuls are staying in the capital city to get the party tickets on Monday.

The BNP leaders also hinted that 150-200 nomination seekers will be given party tickets on the first day while the rest will get those later.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir along with some senior leaders held a meeting at BNP chairperson's Gulshan office on Sunday night and discussed various issues relating to sharing seats with the alliance partners.

A leader close to Fakhrul said, “The BNP leader signed the nomination letters of the 200 selected candidates of the party at the night.”

He said the BNP standing committee decided to share nearly 10 seats with Gano Forum, three each with Nagorik Oikya, JSD and Krishak Sramik Janata League while 40 seats with the 20-party alliance partners.