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Rift among BNP’s likeminded parties surfaces

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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Split among the parties, which are involved in anti-government movement simultaneously with the major opposition BNP, has now surfaced. 

Insiders said the conflicting situation is prevailing among the parties over establishing supremacy in the coalitions.

Inaction on waging movement and low presence of the activists in the programmes are among the reasons behind the disagreement, said the sources.

The internal conflict began to surface after Bangladesh Labour Party led by Mustafijur Rahman Iran quit the 12-party alliance recently.

Iran declared that he will remain involved separately in the anti-government movement simultaneously with the BNP.

The 12-party leaders alleged that Iran was involved in the activities against the alliance discipline and also collected ‘extortion’ from various persons and organisations’ in the name of holding programmes.

A top leader of the 12-party alliance wishing not to be named told the Daily Sun that Iran also was involved in secret entente with the ruling Awami League.

On the other hand, Iran alleged that the programmes organised by the 12-party alliances are limited to only Bijoynagar water tank area in the capital and he was not satisfied with the


The internal conflict has also deepened inside another coalition of the opposition ‘Ganatantra Manch’ as its component Gana Odhikar Parishad is not attending programmes with the alliance.

Gana Odhikar Parishad leaders already alleged that some leaders of the alliance have been involved in secret activities and maintaining liaison with the government.

The BNP started its simultaneous movement with other opposition political parties and organisations from December 30 to realize their 10-point demands, including resignation of the incumbent Awami League government and formation of an election-time caretaker government to hold the next parliamentary polls.

The party started the simultaneous movement with 54 small parties and oragnisations including Ganatantra Manch, 12-party alliance, Jatiyatabadi Shamamana Jote, Ganatantrik Bam Oikya, Shamamana Ganatantrik Jote and Nagorik Manch. LDP faction and Gana Forum faction have also been involved in the movement.

In the latest situation, a number of leaders of the BNP and its likeminded parties said the movement may not be successful if the internal conflict continues.

“If unhappiness and conflict continue inside the alliance, it will not be possible to wage a strong movement. And without a strong movement, demands can’t be realised. In this situation, this conflict will have to be resolved immediately,” said a central leader of the BNP.