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Kamal: Wouldn’t have been part of this had I known about Jamaat

  • Published at 08:47 pm December 27th, 2018
web-Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain
File photo of Gono Forum President and Jatiya Oikya Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Oikya Front chief expresses regret about going to the polls with a fundamentalist force

Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain has said that BNP’s decision to field candidates from the war crimes accused fundamentalist party Jamaat-e-Islami was ‘stupid.’

Speaking to the newspaper Indian Express on Wednesday, the veteran lawyer said: “I am sorry to say that fielding ex-Jamaat people is stupid. I had given it in writing that there will be no support to Jamaat, no bringing in religion, fundamentalism, extremism etc.”

“Had I known (that Jamaat leaders will be given BNP tickets), I would not have been part of it, but I will not stay a single day if these people have any role in the future government,” he told The Indian Express.

BNP, which is allied with Dr Kamal’s Gono Forum in the recently formed political platform Oikya Front, is also partnered with Jamaat under the umbrella of 20-party Alliance.

BNP has allowed 22 Jamaat candidates to contend the 11th general elections on Sunday with its election symbol sheaf of paddy. Three other Jamaat leaders are also contesting the polls as independent candidates.

Many of Jamaat’s leaders are convicted of crimes against humanity in the Liberation War of 1971. The BNP-Jamaat alliance is also accused of attacks on minorities after coming to power in 2001.

In a lengthy interview, Dr Kamal told the Indian Express he had taken the decision to lead Oikya Front in view of “what was happening throughout the country.”

He also addressed BNP’s track record with India, saying the party was on the path towards amending its relations with the neighbour.