AL, Allies to Pit Common Candidates
Saturday, 04 December 2010


Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has said the grand alliance will have common candidates in the upcoming municipal elections.

He made the announcement after the party's central executive committee meeting held on Friday evening with Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The meeting was held at the prime minister's official residence Ganabhaban from 5.45pm to 8.15pm.

On Thursday, the Election Commission announced schedules for the municipal elections in seven divisions. The elections will be held on January 12, 13, 17 and 18. Out of the country's 310 municipalities, 269 will go for the elections.

"We want the local government elections to be held with party candidates and we need to change laws in this connection," Ashraful said adding that the change would come within this government's tenure.

About hartal, he said some people were too scared to open their shops or take out their cars, but the people rejected it.
He thanked all for effectively tackle the opposition'-sponsored general strike. "Hartal is our right, but it cannot be misused."

Turning down the allegation of mass arrest, he said only preventive measures were taken. "We too had been the victims of mass arrest and harassment. We don't want that to happen again."

Ashraf called on BNP to return to parliament and said the government was open to any discussion. "I do hope BNP will respond positively."

It was also decided at the meeting that workshops will be arranged to train up the party's divisional-level publicity and information secretaries.

Programmes to observe the death anniversary of Hussain Shahid Suhrawardi on December 5, Martyred Intellectuals Day on December 14 and Victory Day on December 16 were also finalised at the meeting.


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