Clarify our role in parliament

14-party alliance partners ask govt

Staff Correspondent

13th February, 2019 10:34:05 printer

Ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance partners wanted to know from the government about their role in the 11th parliament.

They also expressed their resentment for what they said underestimating them in the alliance as well as in the government creating confusion among the general people.

They also raised a question over the necessity to remain with the 14-party alliance, if they are in the opposition. Otherwise, they demanded induction of the alliance partners into the government, alliance sources said.

The alliance partners expressed their resentment at a meeting of the 14-party combine at the Awami League headquarters at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on Wednesday.

The alliance leaders also raised a question over the role of police after the recently held national election.

Awami League has formed the new government after the 11th parliamentary elections without inducting any partners in it. The 14-party alliance secured a landslide victory in the December 30 polls while Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rejected the polls results. Even the elected lawmakers of BNP did not take oath after publication of the Gazette on January 3.

While addressing a press briefing, 14-party spokesperson and Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim assured that the alliance leaders vowed to extend their support to the newly-formed government for facing new challenges ahead.

“We’ll extend our support to the new government and work unitedly as the aim of forming the alliance is yet to be fulfilled,” he said. Sources said, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction president Hasanul Haq Inu said that the 14-party alliance lawmakers are supposed to sit with the government in parliament, but they sit in the opposition side.

“If we have to play an opposition role then what is the reason to stay with the 14-party alliance,” Inu posed a question.

“It should be clarified whether we are with the government or with the opposition.”

Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon said that the state is being run by police.

“It seems we are living in a police state and they are doing whatever they wish which creates a negative impact on people,” he said.

Samyabadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua urged for an evaluation of all small political partners of 14-party alliance.

However, many alliance leaders criticised the president of a JSD faction,  Sharif Nurul Ambia, for his statement that the 11th parliamentary election was faulty.

Tarikat Federation president Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandari said that Ambia’s comments on elections are misleading.

“Even the people have started questioning over transparency of the December 30 elections,” he said.