The 20-party alliance could not come to an arrangement regarding individual mayor candidate. The last day (Wednesday) meeting of 20-party alliance ended without any resolution. The meeting will be held on June 27 again. A final decision will be made in that meeting. After around one and a half months, a meeting of the 20-party alliance took place at BNP chairperson`s office last night. Two important leaders of the alliance Col. (retd) Oli Ahmed and General (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim were not present in the meeting chaired by Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The meeting was held to determine the strategy of Barisal, Rajshahi, and Sylhet city elections that will be held on July 30.
Jamaat leader Abdul Halim was present at the meeting. He proposed Jamaat`s position on the united candidate. Abdul Halim said Jamaat is more powerful than BNP in Rajshahi and Sylhet City Corporation. The party also has a strong organizational base in those cities. Therefore, Jamaat thinks that Jamaat should get the nomination for the mayoral post in at least one of the three cities. All except the two parties support the demand of Jamaat. Abdul Halim said, "Since we do not have our registration and symbol, we will participate with BNP`s symbol. And in this case, our victory is certain."
At least two of the partners in the meeting said, "BNP will have to learn to sacrifice. You repeatedly impose your candidates on us. The alliance will not work in this way." BNP Secretary General tried to convince the partners that the city election is a fire ordeal for 20 party alliance. They need to be united. He said, "Jamaat`s demand is not logical. We all know about our popularity. It is not the right time for being stubborn." He said, "We will name our candidates in Rajshahi and Sylhet city. They won by huge votes before. How is it possible now to exclude them all on a sudden?" But Jamaat remains unmoved with its demand for nominating their own candidate. Abdul Halim also said that the 20-party alliance is for national elections, not for the local elections.
BNP standing Committee member Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, "Do not fall into the trap of the government. We have information that the government is trying to break the alliance and this is its sign." Jamaat leader however strongly opposes Khandaker Mosharraf`s statement. He said, "Jamaat has no history of betrayal but BNP has. We know who did the secret meeting with government." However, the situation became calm later. BNP secretary general said that the candidate will be finalized in the next meeting.