The ruling party is not paying much heed to the efforts of AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Dr Kamal Hossain, ASM Abdur Rab and Mahamudur Rahman Manna
With the 11th parliamentary election right around the corner, four prominent political personalities from a few minor parties are trying to form an alliance strong enough to challenge the incumbent Awami League.
However, ruling party leaders are not paying much heed to the efforts of former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, eminent jurist and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President ASM Abdur Rab, and Nagorik Okaiya Convener Mahamudur Rahman Manna.
The AL believes the 11th-hour initiative to form a political party would not work as these leaders “have no popularity” and are separated by “huge disputes” on leadership and other issues.
Even so, the Awami League and its alliance partners say they are observing the initiatives, which they consider to be “a conspiracy against government”.
Talking with the Dhaka Tribune, several senior leaders of Awami League and the 14-party alliance said that Kamal Hossain, Badruddoza Chowdhury, Manna, and Abdur Rab had tried to merge interests before, but had failed owing to conflicts among them.
“They are leaders of ‘in name only’ parties and tried to form an alliance against the government several times but they could not do so,” Awami League Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman said.
On August 28, Juktofront leaders met with Gono Forum President Kamal Hossain at his Bailey Road residence for the seventh time in the past year, aiming to work together against the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance.
Though one portion of Awami League leaders claimed that the minor parties’ alliance will not see the light of day, some Awami League leaders described these politicians’ moves as a “conspiracy”and vowed to foil any kind of schemes against government.
They claimed that those leaders do not believe in the parliament, the government, and the election commission, and that there is a “special agenda” to bring a non-political section in power to stop the development of the country.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Wednesday that Awami League has no problem with non-violent movements, but if anyone tried to wreak havoc and cause violence in the name of movements, then the government will take strict action against them.
He said: “Dr Kamal Hossain and his people claimed that Bangladesh is now passing through a transitional period, but we want to say that people like them who are plotting conspiracies against the country are passing through a transitional phase.”
Claiming that people “hate” Dr Kamal Hossain and that he is a “traitor”, Awami League Organizing Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said: “People of Bangladesh always watch Dr Kamal Hossain eagerly because of his previous activities. But now he is trying to remove politics from the country, and the people of Bangladesh will not allow him to do so.”
He also claimed that the government will take strict actions against those who try to depoliticize the country.
The leaders of Juktofront and Gono Forum decided to unite under the leadership of former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain with the view to serve the country together ahead of the 11th parliamentary election.
The decision came from a meeting held at Gono Forum President Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence on Tuesday night.
“We have decided to form a sub-committee to organize all kinds of programs of the alliance and will inform everyone about our future plans,” said Badruddoza, who also heads Juktofront and Bikalpodhara Bangladesh.
On December 5 last year, Bikalpadhara, Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL), JSD and Nagorik Oikya came together to form Juktofront, with Badruddoza Chowdhury as its chairman.
Dr Kamal Hossain was reluctant to join the coalition at first, but did so later without becoming a member of Juktofront.
Meanwhile, over the past few months, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has held talks with various political parties, including all member parties of Juktofront, as they are currently in the process of reorganizing alliances to be more competitive in the 11th general election.
BNP leaders recently also met Gono Forum chief Kamal regarding the new alliance, which will be formed with the aim of compelling the government to hold the polls under a neutral administration.