Jatiya Party led by HM Ershad fielded candidates in 187 constituencies, including 29 allocated to it by coalition partner Awami League.
On Saturday night Ershad took the decision to field 187 candidates after AL refused to leave 54 seats to JP the minimum it had bargained for, JP secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga told New Age.
On Sunday evening, JP presidium member SM Faysal Chishti said the party sent the names of additional nominees to the Election Commission.
He said, ‘We expect positive response from the EC.’
This development would cause triangular contests in 158 constituencies among candidates of BNP-led opposition Jatiya Oikya Front, nominees of the ruling alliance as well as JP.
Ranga said that Ershad took the decision to field more candidates than the AL gave it, ‘because we could not accommodate our sitting MPs and the leaders of Sammilita Jatiya Jote led by JP.
‘We discussed the matter with AL. We will not leave the grand ruling alliance led by AL and, therefore, this would in no way hamper unity in the grand alliance,’ Ranga said.
Ranga said that all the JP candidates would use Plough ‘our own election symbol.’
On Sunday afternoon, six hours before Chisti conveyed his decision, Ershad’s press and political secretary Sunil Subharoy said in a news release that the party nominated aspirants in 161 constituencies including in 29 allotted by AL.
In another development, AL joint general secretary Abdur Rahman said at a news conference at AL president’s political office at Dhanmondi that AL allotted 38 seats to JP and six more seats were available to any partner.
JP bargained hard with AL for over two months, initially demanding 110 seats and gradually scaled down to 100, 70 and finally to 54, Faisal Chisthti told New Age.
Out of 187 seats, JP allotted two to Sammilita Jatiya Jote, including Abu Naser Wahed of Jatiya Islami Mahajote in Noakhali 1 and Sekandar Ali Moni of BNA in Bagerhat 3.
As JP allotted no seats to Bangladesh Islami Front, another partner in the JP-led alliance, on Friday BIF, itself a registered party, informed the EC that it would field its own nominees in 27 constituencies with its own polls symbol, Candle.
Sammilita Jatiya Jote was formed in May 2017 with 58 parties and only JP and Bangladesh Islami Front are registered parties.
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