Jamaat-e-Islami Bangla-desh, one of the main partners of the four- party-alliance, plans to double its seats in the next general elections with a demand for nominating its candidates in 70 parliamentary seats, reports BDNEWS.
Sources said Jamaat has already provided a list of the seats of its choice to the BNP high command, which has resulted in a face-off between the two main partners of the alliance.
Serious conflicts may erupt in future over the issue of distribution of seats as a number of BNP central leaders, ministers and influential MPs will be contesting in those constituencies.
Jamaat sources said the party is advancing in a well-planned way to double their number of seats in the next general elections. A total of 18 candidates out of 224 nominations won under the ticket of Jamaat in the general elections of 1991, only two out of 224 in 1996 and in the last general election Jamaat bagged 16 seats contesting in 29 constituencies as a partner of the four-party-alliance.
The Jamaat high command thinks Jamaat-dependent BNP would make large-scale concessions to them. Jamaat's Assistant Secretary General Qamaruzzaman told the news agency that they had made several concessions in the last general elections for the interest of the alliance.
"This year our position is good as the leaders and workers expect more seats in the next general election," he added.
Jamaat has demanded five seats in Rangpur (1, 2, 4, 5, 6), four each in Bogra (2, 3, 4, 6), Laxmipur (1, 2, 3, 4) and Kushtia (1, 2, 3, 4) and Three each in Satkhira (2, 3, 5), Gaibandha (1, 3, 4), Chapai Nawabganj (1, 2, 3), Naogaon (1, 2, 4), Rajshahi (1, 2, 3), Jessore (1, 2, 6), Thakurgaon (1, 2, 3) and Pirojpur (1, 2, 3), Two each in Chittagong (14, 15), Natore (2, 3), Chuadanga (1, 4), Bagerhat (3, 4), Faridpur (3, 4), Nilphamari (2, 3), Cox's Bazar (2, 3), Moulvibazar (1, 2), Khulna (5, 6) and one seat each in Comilla (12), Feni (2), Chandpur (3), Sylhet (5), Mymensingh (6), Barisal (4), Madaripur (3), Shariatpur (3), Magura (2), Rajbari (1), Panchaghar (1) and Gopalganj (3).
Jamaat candidate Maolana Rafiqul Islam, Abdul Latif, Mohammed Yunus Ali and Mohammed Samiruddin want to contest in Thakurgaon-1, Nilphamari-2, Natore-2 and Meherpur-2 constituencies.
Influential leaders of BNP like State Minister for Agriculture Mirja Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Prime minister's close relative Shahrin Islam Tuhin, Deputy Minister for Disaster Management Advocate Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu and Masud Tarun have contested from BNP in these constituencies during the last general elections.
Secretary General of Jamaat and Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mujahid is actively planning to contest the elections from Faridpur-3 constituency, where the sitting MP is an influential leader of BNP and Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf.
Besides, probable candidates of BNP and Jamaat are at loggerheads to contest in Bogra-6, Noakhali-5, Laxmipur-1 and Laxmipur-2 constituencies.