20-party alliance leaders claimed that the unity of the alliance, where BNP is the major player, still remain intact
The BNP-led 20-party alliance has vowed to take to the streets, with new political course of action over contemporary issues, including the demand for release of ailing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP Standing Committee member, Nazrul Islam Khan stated this, following a meeting of the 20-party opposition alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, on Monday evening.
He claimed that, the unity of the 20-party alliance, where BNP is the major partner, still remain intact.
He, however, admitted that there are some misunderstandings among the alliance partners which can be resolved through talks.
In response to a reporter’s question, on the departure of Barrister Andaleeve Rahman Partho’s Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) from the alliance, he said talks in this regard are underway.
“We do hope the disagreements among us would be sorted out through discussion, and we will work together again, In sha Allah,” he said.
In response to another query, on whether the alliance has any conflict with Oikya Front, Nazrul said:”Oikya Front was formed with the consent of 20-party alliance partners.”
Nazrul, also chief coordinator of the 20-party alliance, said the meeting was held to decide when to launch an all out movement.
He said the new course of action would concentrate on several current issues, including the price hike of essentials, increase of rape incidents, repression of women, and depriving of farmers from fair price of paddy.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who was also present at the meeting, explained the duality of the situation, where elected BNP lawmakers’ decision on joining parliament was contradicted by party’s decision. Previously BNP top brass decided not let their elected lawmakers join parliament, which was changed later, meeting sources said.
He called upon the alliance leaders to keep patience, and carry forward the movement to restore democracy, and free Khaleda Zia from jail.
A top alliance leader, preferring anonymity, said the BNP secretary general assured them that he would reduce the communication gaps among the alliance partners through talks.
He said, the meeting decided to strengthen the movement of the alliance for demanding the release of Khaleda Zia, who is serving 17-years jail time in two graft cases.
Leaders of alliance partners also took part in the meeting that began at 5pm, and ended following iftar. This was the third meeting of the 20-party alliance after the December 30 parliamentary elections.
Alliance leaders alleged that they were undermined after formation of the Jatiya Oikya Front in October last year just ahead of the elections.
Some of the leaders also suggested the BNP leave the electoral alliance Oikya Front, as it failed to deal with challenges in the last general elections.
The leaders also strongly criticized BNP for retracting from its earlier stance of not joining parliament without consulting them.
BJP Chairman Andaleeve Rahman Partho, who left the alliance last week, was absent in the meeting.