Jatiya Party (JaPa) has announced a new alliance, entitled United National Alliance (UNA), formed with 57 other political parties.
Party chairperson HM Ershad made the announcement at the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday morning.
The UNA comprises JaPa, Bangladesh Islamic Front, the Islamic Moha Jote and the Bangladesh Jatiya Jote. The Islamic Moha Jote is made up of 34 Islamic groups and the Bangladesh Jatiya Jote is made up of 22 groups.
However, only JaPa and Bangladesh Islamic Front are registered among the parties of the alliance.
At the press conference, the deposed military dictator expressed a hope that this new alliance would serve as an alternative to the Awami League-led 14-party and the BNP-led 20-party alliances.
“We have come together because we hold the same political ideology, Islamic values, sense of nationality and respect for all religious communities in the country. We will not allow any parties or groups to join who stand against independent Bangladesh,” said Ershad.
He then appointed JaPa’s Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader as the spokesperson for the UNA.
JaPa Chairman Ershad, Islamic Front Chairman MA Mannan, Jatiya Islamic Jot Chairman Abu Naser Owahed and BNR Chairman Shekandhar Ali signed the declaration papers for the new alliance.