Wednesday, 25 May, 2022
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LDA, Oikya Front splitting !

Components going to form new alliance

Several components of Jatiya Oikya Front and Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) are splitting into a new political alliance to drum up their demands for resignation of the Awami League-led government and holding of the next national election under a neutral government.

Seven political parties and organisations -- Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), Nagorik Oikya, Gana Odhikar Parishad, Bhashani Onushari Parishad, Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh and Ganosanghati Andolon and Rashtra Sangskar Andolon -- are working to form the alliance named as ‘Ganatantra Manch’.

The JSD of ASM Abdur Rob, Nagorik Oikya of Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Bhashani Onushari Parishad are the components of the BNP-led Jatiya

Oikya Front.

Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh and Ganosanghati Andolon are the components of Left Democratic Alliance (LDA).

They already held two meetings on April 28 and May 10 to form the new alliance.

Asked whether Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh led by Saiful Huq and Ganosanghati Andolon led by Junaid Saki can continue their membership of the LDA simultaneously with the new alliance, Shah Alam, president of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), a component of the LDA, told the Daily Sun, “The issue will be discussed in an LDA meeting on May 17.”

The CPB leader also said they are now working to form a third force in politics outside the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP camps.

“We’ve asked other LDA components also to join our new alliance. Our new coalition is not any alternative platform. It is a national platform. We’re forming the alliance with parties outside the BNP-led alliance and Islamist parties,” Saiful Huq said.

“However, we in principle do not want to continue connection with two alliances at a time. We may ask the LDA to keep our membership dormant due to our participation in the new political alliance,” he added.

LDA insiders said some parties of the leftist alliance already have raised question about the role of Saiful Huq and Junaid Saki due to their concentration to the new alliance.

On the other hand, the BNP-led Jatiya Oikya Front is also splitting as its two notable components Nagorik Oikya and JSD (Rob) are now with the new political platform.

“The Jatiya Oikya Front has no activities now and it is almost dysfunctional,” Rob told the Daily Sun.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Mostafa Mohsin Montu, president of a faction of Gana Forum, another component of the Oikya Front, said in their meeting to be held at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on May 14 will take decision whether they will join the new alliance.      The BNP-led 20-party alliance sources said few of its components also join the new political platform quitting the 20-party.

Saiful Huq, also one of the initiators of the new opposition alliance, claimed that many other political parties are contacting them and talking to them to join the coalition.

“If BNP wants to join our alliance, it has to quit relationship with Jamaat,” he added.

The LDA leader further said they want Islamic parties will form separate alliance instead of joining their coalition.

The leftist leader also said they will hold next meeting at Rob’s residence in Uttara on May 23 to formally announce the alliance name.