BNP has been using Jamaat, one of the eminent parties of the 20-party alliance, in a tactical way for the upcoming Khulna City Corporation election.
There are five Jamaat representatives running for the post of councillor of wards which are also being contested by BNP candidates. The two seem to have quietly come to an agreement regarding the councillor posts.
As for the mayoral polls, BNP has been in talks with the 20-party alliance, with Jamaat staying in the shadows. With more than 50,000 reserved votes, Jamaat is holding a safe position. In their internal meetings, BNP has been busy focusing on creating public support for their leaders.
BNP Senior Joint General Secretary Professor Tariqul Islam said: “For the KCC polls, BNP’s allies will stay with the party as necessary. The police will treat Jamaat differently, so we have to adopt different tactics. However, this will not affect BNP.”
Jamaat’s Metropolitan Secretary Advocate Md Shah Alam told the Dhaka Tribune: “In 1994, Jamaat’s mayoral candidate Professor Mia Golam Parwar ran for mayor independently and received 28,000 votes. 24 years later, Jamaat’s votes have risen from 50,000 to 70,000, which will have a tangible effect on the election.
“We have pledged our support to BNP, and asked for their support for the five councillor posts. We will help them with the vote bank if they support our councillors,” Golam added.
The KCC election will be held on May 15.