Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh’s announcement of leaving 20-party alliance has come as a blow to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a long-time ally of the BNP, made the announcement at an emergency press conference on Wednesday.Maulana Bahauddin Zakaria, acting secretary general of the party, made the announcement on behalf of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, saying it was better for them to leave the 20-party alliance. From today, Jamiat has no relationship with the alliance.
Maulana Zakaria also mentioned some reasons for leaving the 20-party alliance at that time. He said the allies in the alliance were not properly evaluated. The by-election was excluded without any consultation with the partners.
The reasons also include not protesting against the arrest of scholars, not expressing any sympathy on behalf of the BNP in the death of the party’s late Secretary General Nur Hossain Kasemi and not even attending.
Maulana Zia Uddin Ahmed, acting president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, among others, was present at the press conference.
They also demanded that the government open madrasas and ensure a fair price of the skin of the sacrificial animal for the upcoming Eid.