Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) chairman Andaleeve Rahman Partho on Monday announced that they had quit the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Mentioning several reasons, BJP chairman said his party has come out of all the political activities of the 20-party. The reasons included swearing in by seven MPs-elect of Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF)."We've left the 20-party alliance for a few reasons. BNP has now become too much Oikya Front oriented, while the 20-party has now become a platform only to express solidarity with BNP's decisions," Partho told.
He said BNP together with 20-party turned down the December-30 'farcical' election. "Like the country's people, our party got stunned as Oikya Front's seven MPs-elect took oath. BNP didn't consult the 20-party partners about its decision to join parliament."
Partho said their party thinks BNP and Oikya Front have lost moral rights to reject the December-30 election of 'vote robbery' as their MPs-elect were sworn in.
"So, considering the current political situation, BJP has decided to come out of all the political activities of the 20-party," he told.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia formed the four-party alliance with Jamaat, Jatiya Party and Islami Oikya Jote in 1997.
However, the Ershad-led Jatiya Party did not join the election in alliance with BNP in 2001.As the BNP-led alliance got a massive victory in 2001 election, then Jatiya Party secretary general Naziur Rahman Manzur, Partho's father, quit the party and joined the four-parry alliance floating new party BJP.
After his father's death in 2008, Partho took the helm of BJP and played an active role as a top leader of the 20-party.