Dhaka, Bangladesh
BNP-JOF draft lineup 206 plus 94

BNP-JOF draft lineup 206 plus 94

News Desk Main opposition BNP Friday published the list of its candidates for 206 seats for contesting the parliamentary election, leaving 94 for its allies and undecided party aspirants. The complete candidacy list of the BNP-dominated Jatiya Oikya Front will be unveiled today, coalition sources said, with the completion of appeal hearings by the election commission. Jailed former prime minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia is among those who await settlement of their candidacy disputes by the EC today, the last of three days of appeal hearings. Khaleda Zia, whose party had boycotted the last polls, and now decided to join the upcoming one following a breakthrough in a prolonged political standoff, had applied for nomination to run the race for three seats in the parliamentary elections. But the returning officers refused her nomination as she has been jailed in two graft cases. She has filed appeal against conviction in both the cases. She wants to contest the December 30 polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 constituencies. Party secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir formally presented the list of candidates at a p press conference at BNP chairperson's Gulshan office in the evening. "We're announcing the names of candidates for 206 seats. We'll disclose the names of 94 candidates of the 20-party, Oikya Front and of our undecided ones tomorrow (Saturday)," he said. However, sources said, most of the 94 seats may go to BNP allies' share as they have to accommodate a number of parties, groups and individuals who have got onto the bandwagon of new greater opposition coalition-- Jatiya Oikya Front, headed by Dr Kamal Hossain. All the candidates from the component parties will contest the election with the BNP symbol--'Sheaf of Paddy'. The battle lines, in the main, are now drawn as, earlier in the day, the ruling Awami League announced the list of 240 contestants from the party and set aside 60 for its partners in the grand alliance. "We are joining the election against many odds as part of our movement for democracy and release of Chairperson Khaleda Zia," Mirza Fakhrul said while announcing the candidates. Inputs taken from agencies

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