Party leaders are still in the dark about how to lure Islamic parties to the alliance for contesting the upcoming election
With BNP out of power for more than a decade, Islamic parties are now showing less interest in forming alliances with the party.
There was a time when BNP was the harbour for the Islamic parties. In the current scenario, only a few unknown and breakaway Islamic parties are components of the BNP–led 20-party alliance.
Since BNP’s arch political rival, Awami League, has been in power for about 10 years, most Islamic parties are trying to build good relations with the ruling party, which is worrying the BNP.
According to BNP top brass, Awami League is attempting to take away Islamic parties from their alliance.
But they are still in the dark about how to lure the Islamic parties in the alliance for contesting the upcoming national election, scheduled for December.
Leaders of Islamic parties think if they form alliance with the Awami League then their interest will be served better than joining with BNP.
However, BNP leaders said that though there are many Islamic parties in the country, they have few votes. Forming alliance with Islamic parties will not make a lot of impact in the upcoming election.
BNP chief’s media wing member Shamsuddin Didar told the Dhaka Tribune that Awami League is playing games with Islamic parties. On one hand, it has developed ties with Hefazat-e-Islam and on the other hand it is also courting non-believers.
“The Awami League-led government is saying that Islamic parties are the main source of fundamentalist and extremist forces, and they are also trying to build good ties with them for the sake of votes,” he said.
After the crackdown on Hefazat’s procession on May 5, 2013, Awami League developed ties with the organization, aiming to get their vote.
According to BNP leaders, several Islamic parties are going to form alliance with the incumbent opposition Jatiya Party. During the election Jatiya Party always serves Awami League’s purposes.
“We are observing Awami League’s moves regarding Islamic parties,” said BNP Standing Committee Member Nazrul Islam Khan.
He said nearly a dozen Islamic parties are active in Bangladesh’s politics and 10 of them are registered with the Election Commission.
Among those parties, only a faction of Islami Oikya Jote, Khelafat Majlish and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam and few unregistered parties are now members of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, the senior BNP leader added.
He hoped few other Islamic parties will join their alliance before the election but refused to disclose the names of those parties.