The eleventh parliamentary election will be held in December this year. Initiatives have been taken from BNP to create an electoral coalition with different political parties through dialogue. Particularly there was a discussion on political arena that BNP will make alliance with the United Front. In the last Ramadan, BNP had brought the United Front Convener and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President Badruddoza Chowdhury to its Iftar Party and referred him as a `guardian`. At that time, they decided that BNP would form a separate coalition outside the 20-party alliance with the United Front. B. Chowdhury was very enthusiastic at first. For this purpose, he had had several discussions and meetings with BNP. But later in one stage he lost his interest. In order to form a coalition, BNP not only discussed with B. Chowdhury but also informally discussed with other political parties. But ultimately no one has joined BNP.
In fact, no party is willing to go with the BNP. Krishak Sramik Janata League`s president Abdul Kader Siddique, JSD president A. S. M. Abdur Rab, Nagorik Oikko`s co-founding convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna-- all of them have no interest to join BNP. These leaders believe that there is nothing to achieve from the political intention of BNP. The parties are firmly convinced that BNP is not doing politics in right way. The parties think BNP`s politics over issues like Chairperson Khaleda Zia`s release, elections under the neutral caretaker government is not transparent and correct. In addition, because of the political polarization in the next election, the number of seats allocated for the United Front will not be very honorable for this party. The United Front rather thinks that if they make a separate election for the 300 seats, it will be more honorable. So the effort to unify BNP with the United Front that was initiated by BNP Secretary-General Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, has completely collapsed. Besides, BNP wanted to form the coalition with Kamal Hossain`s Gano Forum and with the leftists. These groups have already expressed their unwillingness to join the alliance with BNP.
Keeping the upcoming election in center, there is a stir of making alliance in the political parties. But the bad news for BNP, which has been out of power for a long time, is that none of the parties are willing to join the alliance with them.
Right now the controversial Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami is with BNP. However, the other Islamic parties in the opposition are not interested in alliance with BNP. The Islamic party-alliance Islami Oikkojot has left the 20-party alliance a couple of years ago. That means BNP cannot form an alliance like it did in 2014. Now the Islamic parties are forming separate coalitions.
There are some important reasons why the parties are not interested in forming a coalition with BNP. Firstly, BNP has occupied all seats and there is nothing left for the rest of the parties after forming coalition. Secondly, if BNP does not go to the polls then it will be uncomfortable for other parties. Because there is a possibility that the BNP will not go to the polls, but there is no chance of the remaining parties of going to the polls. And the third and the biggest reason is that the allied partners do not like BNP`s acting chairman Tarique Zia. They have objections over Tarique Zia`s leadership. For these reasons, the opposition parties are not interested in joining BNP. As a result, as much as the election time is approaching, BNP seems to be becoming more isolated.