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New `surprise` in selection of reserved women seats

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Published on : 10 January 2019, 06:08 PM
New `surprise` in selection of reserved women seats

After the cabinet, there is a big surprise coming in the selection of the reserved women members of parliament. Multiple sources of Awami League confirmed that most of the women members of 10th National Parliament will not get the nomination this time. Awami League and the 14-party alliance will have 44 women members of parliament this time which means they will have even more than the 10th National Parliament. In the last parliament, Awami League provided two seats two JSD and Workers Party of the 14-party alliance and kept the rest of the seats for itself. 41 women members were elected with AL`s nomination. It has been learned that this time AL will keep 42 and the alliance partners will have 2. Last time, the seniors who were working for the party for a long time were given priority. It has been learned that this time the youth force of the party will be given priority. An Awami League source has confirmed, "The women seats of Awami League will be star-studded this time." Besides, a source said that former activists of BCL, Jubo League, and party activists will be given priority as well.

Although the elimination of most of the members of the last parliament is very likely, some of them are sure to be staying. Among them, there will be former state minister of Information Ministry Tarana Halim (female seat-16). It has been learned that Begum Mahzabin Khaled (female seat-18) daughter of Martyred Major General (retd) Khaled Mosharraf, Begum Nilufer Zafarullah (female seat- 25) wife of Kazi Zafarullah, Fazilatunnesa Bappy (female seat-30) may get the nomination again. Many celebrities are waiting for the nomination in the reserved women seats. Some of them may be nominated. Shomi Kaiser will be likely among them. She sought nomination From a constituency of Feni but didn`t get it. In addition to Shomi, the name of a few other actresses is being considered. Former BCL leader Marufa Akhter Poppy, currently in the central executive committee of Awami League, is also likely to get the nomination in the women`s reserved seats’ quota. Moreover, two more members of the executive committee are also being considered.

A source of Awami League said that some female former bureaucrats are also being considered. A close source of the Prime Minister has confirmed, three criteria will be considered for the selection of the women parliament members—first, the sacrifice for the party and party loyalty, secondly, her efficiency and eligibility, and thirdly, the areas that have remained deprived. The areas From where no female member has been elected last time will be given preference.

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has said, "There has been no discussion about women MPs in our party yet. If the Election Commission gives the schedule, the nomination board will with it." But he also said, ‘The honorable Prime Minister has certainly started the homework in this regard.’

 

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