Staff Correspondent: Andaleeve Rahman Partha, chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), one of the key partners of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, on Monday quit the coalition for various reason, including swearing in by seven MPs-elect of Jatiya Oikyafront.
Partho made the announcement in a written statement on Monday evening.
In the statement, he stated that the oath of BNP lawmakers as the members of the 11th parliament as one of the major reasons behind the decision.
“We’ve left the 20-party alliance for a few reasons. BNP has now become too much Oikyafront oriented, while the 20-party has now become a platform only to express solidarity with BNP’s decisions,” Partha said.
He said BNP together with 20-party turned down the December-30 ‘farcical’ election. “Like the country’s people, our party got stunned as Oikyafront’s seven MPs-elect took oath. BNP didn’t consult the 20-party partners about its decision to join parliament.”
Partha said their party thinks BNP and Oikyafront have lost moral rights to reject the December-30 election of ‘vote robbery’ as their MPs-elect were sworn in.
“In the context of the prevailing politics of the 20-party alliance, JBP is coming out of all political and organisational activities of the coalition,” Partho said.
BNP-led four-party alliance was formed in 1999 to strengthen the movement against the then Awami League-led government. In 2001 election, the BNP-led alliance won a landslide victory, but got a debacle in 2008 election.
Later in 2012, the four-party alliance was expanded to 20-party alliance.
Partho contested the December 30 national election with BNP’s electoral symbol “Sheaf of Paddy” from Bhola-1 parliamentary constituency and failed to secure victory in the electoral race.
risingbd/Dhaka/May 6, 2019/Hasan/AI