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Schism in BNP-led alliance

New political group formed

Published : 08 Aug 2022 10:06 PM

Six small political parties, including Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), which was a component of BNP-led alliance, have formed a new group distancing themselves from BNP.

The group, comprising Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) led by ASM Abdur Rob, Khelafat Majlish, Zamiyat-e-Ulama-e-Islam, Jatiya Party led by Andalib Rahman Partha, Labour Party and Islami Oikya Jote, promises not to make alliance with other big parties.

ASM Abdur Rob-led Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) left the BNP-led 20-party alliance on Monday and joined a new-political platform, Ganotantra Mancha.

Six parties have so far already left the BNP-led 20-party alliance while most of the other allies of the alliance are now either detached from the BNP or have no political strength due to shortage of manpower.

Apart from the JSD, KhelafatMajlish left the BNP led alliance in October last year, Zamiyat-e-Ulama-e-Islam left the alliance on July 14 last year, Jatiya Party led by Andalib Rahman Partha left the alliance on May 6 in 2019, Labour Party left the alliance on October 26 in 2018, and IslamiOikyaJote left the alliance on June 7 in 2016.

Although six parties left the BNP-led alliance, most of the remaining 14 parties of the former 20-party alliance have no more good relationship with the BNP. Of them, Jamaat-e-Islami has no direct affiliation with the BNP. 

Like the Jamaat, LDT, Kalyan Party and Muslim League have also no such relationship with the BNP, while the rest of the other parties have no activities in the political field due to shortages of manpower. 

Meanwhile, ASM Abdur Rob led JSD on Monday joined with newly formed political platform GanotantraManch, which has been formed with seven minor parties. Apart from the JSD, six other parties are Mahmur Rahman Manna-led NagorikOikya, SaifulHuq led Biplabi Workers Party, JunayedSaqi led GanosanhatiAndolan, Dr Reza Kibria led GanoOdhikarParishad, Rafiqul Islam Bablu led BhashaniAnushariParishad and HasnatKaiyum led RashtraSanskarAndolan.

The new platform Ganotantra Mancha was announced through a press conference held on Monday at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).

It should be mentioned that all these seven parties had been requested to join with the BNP-led movement against the government. In this regard, the BNP had held separate meetings with all of them to forge a united movement under the leadership of the BNP. But, they did not respond to the BNP, but rather formed a separate political platform.

It should be mentioned that the BNP hardly tried to form a political platform after its 20-party alliance became inactive. In this regard, the BNP held meetings with 22 political parties. But, the move of the BNP resulted in almost nothing.