Run-Up To Bangla Polls

Ahead Of Bangladesh Polls, PM’s Son Spearheads Youth Outreach

Parul Chandra New Delhi 4 December 2018

With parliamentary elections in Bangladesh a little less than a month away, the poll scene is warming up. On December 30, people will vote to elect members to the Jatiyo Shangsad (House of the Nation). Of the 350 members, 300 are elected while the remaining 50 seats are reserved for women. The Begum Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that boycotted the last elections in 2014 has thrown its hat in the ring for the upcoming polls, leading an alliance of 20 parties. It will be leading the charge against the ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Shah Ali Farhad, who is a Senior Analyst with the Awami League-backed Centre for Research and Information (CRI), Dhaka speaks to SNI’s Deputy Editor Parul Chandra the pivotal role played by Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed in the Awami League’s outreach to Bangladesh’s youth through CRI. Asked if Sheikh Hasina’s son had political ambitions, Farhad, who is also a member of the Awami league’s International Affairs Sub-Committee, said Sajeeb had been offered a leadership position in the party but had turned down the offer.

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