At least 68 female Awami League (AL) leaders in Chattogram have been trying to get party nomination to be elected as members of parliament in reserved seats for women.
Wasika Ayesha Khan, daughter of late AL presidium member Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser, and former councillor of Chattogram City Corporation Sabiha Muchha were elected as members of parliament in the reserved seats for women in the 10th parliament with AL ticket.
AL sources said they were trying to secure party nomination this time also.
Besides, former reserved seat lawmakers Hasina Mannan and Cheman Ara Tayab were also trying to get party nomination, said AL insiders. They both were elected as members of parliament in seats reserved for women in the ninth parliament.
President of Chattogram north district unit Mohila AL Dilwara Yusuf, general secretary of Chattogram south district unit Mohila AL Shamima Harun Lubna, Advocate Jinat Sohana Chowdhury, Khadijatul Anwar Soni, Advocate Basanti Prova Palit, councillors of Chattogram City Corporation Jesmin Parvin Jesy, Abida Azad and Jobaira Nargis Khan also collected nomination forms, among others, said AL sources.
“I was given party nomination in the 10th parliamentary polls held in 2014 but sacrificed it for the interest of grand alliance,” said Khadijatul Anwar Soni, adding, “My father was a lawmaker from Chattogram-2... He had a lot of contribution to the party... after his death I have been working in the grassroots.”
“I hope party high-command would give me nomination,” she said.
Advocate Basanti Prova Palit, general secretary of Chattogram north district unit of Mohila AL, said she has been working at grassroots level for a long time.
“As I have been in grassroots politics over 30 years, I hope the party would evaluate my contribution this time,” she said.
Abida Azad said, “I have been in grassroots politics for 40 years. I am wife of a freedom fighter. I was on the streets during different movements,” she said.
“I have been elected councillor of CCC for five times. My husband was one of AL leaders in Chattogram who bravely took AL ahead after the 1975 tragedy,” said Jobaira Nargis Khan.
Wasika said it would be a great opportunity for her if she could work with the prime minister. “As a lawmaker, I have worked for the people in the last five years,” she said, adding, “I hope that the honourable prime minister would give me nomination once again considering my contribution.”