Bangladesh Jatiya Party’s central committee member Ashikur Rahman, brother of the party’s Chairman Andaleeve Rahman Partho, resigned from the party because of “ideological conflicts.”
“I think the time has come for all political parties to leave Jamaat-e-Islami…I do not want to continue politics with Jamaat and resigned from the party for this reason on November 29,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.
“We should not compromise with any undemocratic and anti-liberation forces. My father [late Naziur Rahman Manju who founded the party] was a freedom fighter. So, I cannot be a part of any alliance that is involved with Jamaat,” he said.
Ashik said he was not thinking of joining any other alliances right now.
Asked why he had participated in the 2008 elections with Jamaat and is leaving the alliance now, he said: “The present situation and that of 2008 are not the same. People should abandon Jamaat’s politics.”
Ashik said: “If the 18-party alliance excludes Jamaat, I will again join it, but I know it is impossible for the BNP to exclude Jamaat from the alliance.”
When contacted, party Chairman Andaleeve Rahman Partha said: “Ashik does not want to continue with destructive politics and so left the party. But, the country needs brilliant people like him.”
Ashik contested the 2008 parliamentary polls from Bhola 2 constituency against Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed, but was defeated.