'The problem [with Jamaat] is set to be resolved. I hope, it will be over by July 9'
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on, on Friday, said their party will resolve misunderstandings with its alliance partner, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, over the Sylhet city poll mayoral candidate.
"The problem [with Jamaat] is set to be resolved. I hope, it will be over by July 9," he said.
The BNP leader stated this at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office.
According to media reports, BNP's relationship with its key ally, Jamaat,was stained when the Islamist party submitted a mayoral candidate forthe Sylhet City Corporation polls—against the 20-party alliance's decision.
On Wednesday, top leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance had a meeting at the BNP chairperson's Gulshan office, to resolve the problem.After the meeting, BNP leaders dismissed media reports about the party's strained relations with Jamaat, and claimed that all the components of the 20-party alliance had decided to work together for single mayoral candidates in Rajshahi, Sylhet, and Barisal city polls.
Later, Jamaat issued a statement saying there is no doubt that their party leader,Ehsanul Mahbub Zobayer, is in the Sylhet city polls race.
Meanwhile, Rizvi said the BNP will stage demonstrations across Dhaka, on Sunday, protesting the denial of permission to hold a protest rally in the city Saturday.
BNP party leaders and activists will observe a hunger strike on Monday from 9am to 4pm—either at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, or MohanagarNatyamancha.