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Another blow for BNP

Now Khelafat Majlish leaves 20-party alliance

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Another blow for BNP
Khelafat Majlish holds a press conference at a city hotel on Friday. SUN PHOTO

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has suffered a fresh blow as another component of the 20-party alliance parted its way with the combine.

Ending its 22-year ties, Khelafat Majlish has quit the BNP-led alliance claiming that it has become an ineffective opposition platform.

With this, two BNP allies left the alliance in two and a half months.

Earlier, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam quit the BNP-led 20-party alliance on July 14, citing a number of reasons, including not properly evaluating the coalition partners.

Party insiders said Khelafat Majlish was unhappy with BNP due to the formation of Jatiya Oikya Front and it finally left the alliance, alleging that BNP has made the 20-party alliance almost dysfunctional.

The party also did not agree with some political strategies of BNP over the previous general election and is not finding any hope for the next election, they said.

“Considering ideological, organisational and political situation, a Khelafat Majlish Shura meeting has taken the decision of severing ties with all political alliances, including the 20-party combine,” Khelafat Majlish Ameer Maulana Ishaq told a press conference at a city hotel on Friday.

Mentioning their ties with the 20-party coalition for long 22 years, he said there was no visible political activity and programme of the alliance since 2019 and it was also made dysfunctional through forging another opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front, in 2018.

The Khelafat Majlish chief said holding a meeting of the Majlish-e-Shura of the party on January 25 in 2019, they had taken the decision that the Islamic party would not participate in any programme of the alliance and would observe the political situation deeply. “Since then, Khelafat Mjalish has been observing the country’s political situation deeply for the last two years,” he added.

Maulana Ishaq said their Majlish-e-Shura meeting also demanded immediate release of its Secretary General Ahmed Abdul Kader and all alems and political leaders of the country.

He claimed that as a very active registered political party, the political strategy of Khilafat Majlis is reviewed from time to time in the organisational process, and the central Majlish-e-Shura, the highest policy-making body of the party, takes the necessary decisions.

On behalf of Maulana Ishaq, party’s acting Secretary General Advocate Jahangir Hossain read out a written statement at the press briefing.

Earlier in the day, Khelafat Majlish held a two-hour meeting with their central and district level presidents and general secretaries. More than 200 members took part in the meeting.

“Khelafat Majlish, as a registered political party, has always played an active role in the needs of the nation. It believes in peaceful movement and struggle,” reads the statement.

Khelafat Majlish believes that every citizen of this country has the rights to hold a political ideology, which is recognised by the constitution of the country, it added.