‘It will not affect BNP, but will weaken the alliance’
BNP has said the party is not worried about Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Abdul Kader Siddique’s threat to quit the Jatiya Oikya Front within a month.
Addressing a discussion, 20-party alliance coordinator and BNP Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam Khan on Friday said: “Anyone who wants to leave the coalition can go ahead. It will not affect BNP, but will weaken the alliance.
“However, we want to resolve any misunderstandings and work more actively with alliance partners,” he added.
BNP leader Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said: “All the parties in the coalition are going through a crisis. We need to strengthen communication between us to achieve things.”
Pro-BNP political scientist Emajuddin Ahmed said: “The absence of Kader Siddique will not weaken Jatiya Oikya Front. As longs as BNP is in the alliance, political movements will continue.
“The 20-party alliance has criticized BNP for allowing its leaders to take oath in the parliament, but I think that is a new way of progressing.”
He advised BNP to hold discussions with alliance partners before taking any future decisions.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said: “The decision [to join parliament] was taken with a goal in mind- to protect the country, restore democracy and release Khaleda Zia from jail.
“We cannot lose hope before achieving these goals.”
Earlier, Andaleeve Rahman Partha, chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), also quit Jatiya Oikya Front on May 6.
Andaleev said: “Oikya Front and BNP have lost their credibility by sending their leaders to parliament after they rejected the general election on December 30.”
Some leaders of Oikya Front have complained that BNP unilaterally took the decision for their MPs-elect to join parliament, in order to serve their own ends as opposed to that of the alliance.