Andaleeve Rahman Partha, chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), one of the key partners of the Bangladesh Nationalst Party-led 20-party alliance, on Monday (May 6) quit the coalition for various reason, including swearing in by seven MPs-elect of Jatiyo Oikyofront.
BJP left the 20-party alliance for a few reasons.
“BNP has now become too much Oikyofront oriented, while the 20-party has now become a platform only to express solidarity with BNP’s decisions,” Partha told media.
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 Oikyofront “have lost moral rights to reject the December-30 election of vote robbery as their MPs-elect were sworn in.”
“So, considering the current political situation, BJP has decided to come out of all the political activities of the 20-party.”
BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia formed the four-party alliance with Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Jatiyo Party and Islami Oikyojote in 1997. However, H. M. Ershad-led Jatiyo Party did not join the election in alliance with BNP in 2001.
As the BNP-led alliance got a massive victory in 2001 election, then Jatiyo Party secretary general Naziur Rahman Manzur, Partha’s father, quit the party and joined the four-party alliance floating new party BJP.
After his father’s death in 2008, Partha took the helm of BJP and played an active role as a top leader of the 20-party.