Country’s heated politics are moving towards a battle of votes as the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP are taking all-out preparations for facing each other in the next general election.
Other political parties are also taking preparations for contesting the election.
The major parties are outlining plans to win the polls, their insiders say.
Considering the election crucial, the ruling Awami League has a desire to contest the polls under the 14-party alliance while opposition BNP is set to contest the election under the 20-party combine.
Several small parties are busy forming a political alliance to enhance their bargaining capacity with major parties.
Main opposition in Parliament Jatiya Party has already formed an alliance with some religion-based parties to boost its political influence.
Besides, Jukto Front has been formed, comprising Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, Nagarik Oikya, Krishak Sramik Janata League and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal.
Top brasses of the political parties say they are ready to contest the election anytime.
As per the constitution, the election is supposed to be held between October 31, 2018 and January 28, 2019.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina already hinted that the next general election will be held in December next year.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, asked her party leaders to take all-out preparations for contesting the election.
She also asked them to project the success stories of the government to woo voters in favour of her party.
She said people will not cast votes for those who were involved in arson attacks that left many people dead.
“I have full confidence in people that they will not vote to pave the way for recurring violence and burning people to death again,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina directed her party’s leaders and activists to work together to ensure victory in the next polls and assume office for the third consecutive time.
PM’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said on Monday that there is no party in Bangladesh which can defeat the ruling AL.
Countering Joy’s remarks, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir asked the government to arrange a free, fair and neutral election to test its popularity.
“Arrange the election under a neutral administration so that voters can franchise their rights. It will be proved which party wins the election,” he said.
Jatiya Party leaders say they are heading towards the election with a target to field candidates in 300 seats.
The party already announced names of candidates for some seats so that they can take all-out preparations.
JP presidium member Kazi Feroz Rashid said his party announced names of candidates much ahead of the election so that they can make a stronghold in their constituencies.