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20-party alliance breaking apart?

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Published on : 10 January 2019, 07:44 PM
20-party alliance breaking apart?

The 20-party alliance is going to break apart ultimately. However, no formal announcement will be provided. The decision has been made to disable this coalition as an automatic choice. Parties like LDP, BJP and Kalyan Party of the alliance will join Jatiya Oikya Front. There has been only one meeting of the 20-party alliance after the election. The majority of the 20-party alliance criticized BNP`s negative position about the alliance. Many leaders of the alliance also questioned BNP`s `morality` for staying in two alliances at the same time. Besides, BNP`s relation with alliance`s second largest party Jamaat-e-Islami is deteriorating after the election. In view of this, BNP`s senior leaders are giving the negative opinion about taking the alliance forward. But another BNP source said, BNP is already under national and international pressure to separate from Jamaat. BNP has now realized that they would not benefit keeping the alliance with Jamaat. That`s why the 20-party alliance is being deactivated. After the election, BNP offered new programs with Jatiya Oikya Front. A BNP leader said, "Tarique Zia also wants to take Oikya Front forward, not the 20-party alliance." Another BNP leader said," In the context of present situation, the government will probably ban Jamaat. If such a situation arises, the 20-party alliance will be suicidal for BNP." That leader added, "We could not take a clear position during the trial of the war criminals. General people did not take it well. Besides, questions have been raised about this in the international arena." That is why it is necessary to put an end to the relation with Jamaat before it is officially banned.

Every time BNP leaders sat with the diplomats before and after the elections, the issue of the relationship with Jamaat came forward. Almost all the top leaders of BNP are saying that the international support they are asking about the cancellation of elections will be impossible to get if Jamaat stays with them. For the sake of strategic reasons, the 20-party alliance is being abolished. If Jamaat does not remain in the 20-party alliance, then the alliance will not exist. The parties outside Jamaat are very small. BNP leaders think that the alliance will not make any sense with such parties. However, BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan said that no decision has been taken to abolish the `20-party`. But he said, "There is a coordination going on between the 20-party and Jatiya Oikya Front." When asked about the position in relation to Jamaat, that standing committee member said, "Time will say everything." However, another source says that the United States and the UK have advised BNP to leave `Jamaat`. Although BNP did not accept that advice before the election, now it is seriously considering the issue. In particular, if Jamaat is banned, more questions about the alliance will come forward, according to the BNP leaders.

However, some leaders of the 20-party alliance leaders said they are not trying to activate the alliance. The 20-party leaders asked BNP about its (BNP`s) plans with Jatiya Oikya Front. A leader of the 20-party alliance said, "We thought Jatiya Oikya Front was an ad-hoc system, and it would not be after the election. At least we thought like that. Now it seems BNP is more interested in it. Therefore, what is the need of the 20-party alliance?" Basically, the 20-party alliance is going to break apart due to egotism, huff and the exclusion of Jamaat.

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