BNP’s involvement with the new political coalition, Jatiya Oikya Front, has affected the party’s relations with its 20-party alliance partners, sources said.
Bangladesh National Awami Party (Bangladesh-NAP) and National Democratic Party (NDP), two components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, quit the combine on Tuesday.
In the situation, BNP is now facing a huge challenge to keep its own 20-party alliance intact, sources added.
At a joint press conference in a hotel at capital’s Gulshan on Tuesday afternoon, Bangladesh NAP Chairman Jebel Rahman Ghani said, “Considering the current situation, Bangladesh NAP and NDP are quitting the 20-party alliance just now.”
Claiming that they are leaving the alliance in the interest of constitutional politics, he further said, “We want to move freshly and we want the unity of real patriotic, democratic and pro-liberation forces.”
Jebel said most of those playing vital role in forging Jatiya Oikya Front had important role in staging 1/11 changeover and establishing the rule of non-political government.
“When we see the perpetrators of 1/11 beside the BNP leaders, we get afraid thinking that whether we are going to be part of a conspiracy to bring another undemocratic and evil force to power,” he added.
The Bangladesh NAP chief also criticised the way BNP leaders, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener Dr Kamal Hossain and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD president ASM Abdur Rob behaved with former president Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
At a meeting of the top leaders of 20-party alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Monday night, Bangladesh NAP Secretary General Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan asked BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir about Barrister Mainul Hossain’s involvement with Jatiya Oikya Front.
But the BNP leader stopped him from asking any question on the issue.
Asked about Bangladesh NAP and NDP deserting the alliance, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday pleaded his ignorance of the matter.
The 20-party alliance coordinator, Nazrul Islam Khan, also BNP standing committee member, told the daily sun, “We hope Bangladesh NAP and NDP will realize their mistakes of quitting the alliance and return to the coalition again.”
Asked whether leaving the BNP-led alliance by the two political parties will push BNP into a new crisis, Nazrul Islam Khan said, “We don’t think it will create any problem for BNP. But if they return to the coalition, it will be better.”
The 20-party alliance insiders said the coalition is in a sorry state now as some other components of the combine may split from the alliance following internal conflicts.
The split in the 20-party combine has annoyed the top leaders of BNP and the combine as the alliance is gradually becoming smaller, the sources added.
BNP had expanded its four-party alliance into an 18-party combine in 2012. It was further expanded into a 20-party alliance to show the range of support in favour of it.
A total of nine political parties which were components of the 20-party alliance already split from the combine over different issues. But factions of several parties were also included in the alliance to keep the number of components intact, party sources said.
Nine out of 20 alliance partners were registered with the Election Commission, while some components do not even have their party offices and many of the parties do not have district or city committees, the sources added.
Earlier, Bangladesh Labour Party split from the alliance while a faction led by Sekandar Ali Moni quit the combine. Later, the Labour Party again split into two parts. A faction of Islami Oikya Jote led by the party’s chairman Abdul Latif Nezami quit the coalition in 2016. A faction of National People’s Party (NPP) led by late Sheikh Showkat Hossain Nilu, former chairman of the party, quit the alliance.
Earlier, a faction of National Democratic Party (NDP) led by Alamgir Majumdar quit the alliance. A faction of NAP-Bhasani also left the alliance. A faction of Muslim League led by Jobaida Quader Chowdhury is outside the coalition.
Sources said disappointment over BNP’s failure in previous anti-government movement, frustration over the ongoing movement and BNP’s neglecting attitude towards its small partners have led to the split in the platform.
“BNP never evaluated our sacrifices. It has always tried to keep us in the dark about formation of Jatiya Oikya Front. The party does not explain clearly its stance on the next parliamentary elections to its allies,” Jebel Rahman said.