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Former Jamaat leaders announce new political party

Jamaat’s expelled leader Mojibur Rahman Monju made the announcement

Update : 27 Apr 2019, 02:13 PM

Former leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami, including those expelled for demanding its reformation, have announced a new political party - Jono Aakankhyar Bangladesh.

Jamaat’s expelled leader Mojibur Rahman Monju announced the new party name officially at a press briefing in Paltan's Hotel 71 around 11:30am on Saturday.

Monju, who will be the convener of the new party, said the party will be formed neither based on religion, nor on any ideology following a certain theory.

However, no committee for the new party has been formed yet but the leaders said it will be announced later

Jamaat, which lost its registration as a political party before the 11th general election, removed Monju as a member of its Dhaka metropolitan unit’s policymaking body Majlis-e-Shura, on February 15, for demanding a reform within the party.

Jamaat, who has had leaders tried and convicted of war crimes and aiding the Pakistani occupation forces in the Liberation War, suffered a major blow when its former assistant secretary general Barrister Abdur Razzaq quit on February 15.

Back in January, Law Minister Anisul Huq said an initiative to amend The International Crimes Tribunal Act has been taken so that Jamaat can be brought under trial as a political party for its role in 1971.

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Razzaq had attributed his decision to the party’s failure to apologize to the Bangladeshi people for its anti-independence role during the Liberation War.

Jamaat failing to adopt successful models of reform that have been implemented in other Muslim majority countries was another reason for his resignation, he had claimed.

A day after his resignation, Jamaat issued a nationwide emergency notice ordering its leaders and activists not to follow in the former assistant secretary general’s footsteps.

The notice also announced that the Jamaat would form a new party with the aim of regaining its registration with the Election Commission.

Since February 15, at least six Jamaat leaders have stepped down, with Monju ousted from the party for seconding the demand in a Facebook post, hours after Razzak’s resignation.

Jamaat, the controversial party which lost its registration by a High Court order on October 29, 2018, obtained 693,077 votes in 22 constituencies in the December 30 polls, the lowest since the 7th parliamentary election in 1996.

The figure accounts for just around 0.87% of the total votes cast.

The party rejected the results of 11th general election held on December 30 alleging ‘massive vote rigging’ across the country. Jamaat Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman announced the party’s decision during the voting hours.

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