3 more political alliances awaiting formal announcement next month

3 more political alliances awaiting formal announcement next month
Published : 19 Jul 2017, 13:41:39
3 more political alliances awaiting formal announcement next month
Jahid Biplob
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Apart from the ruling Awami League,  pposition Jatiya Party, BNP and 40 other registered political parties, the rest parties are eyeing their race in the next general elections. 
Even one and a half years before the 11th national polls, many a small and big party started to form their alliances. It appears that another three such combines will be floated within next month. 
There are two major alliances namely 20-party grand alliance led by BNP, while AL heads the combine that is consisted of 14 parties including Jatiya Party. 
Some like-minded parties except for Gono Forum, Jasad, Bikalpa Dhara, Krishak Sramik Janata League and Nagorik Oikya may float an alliance. In addition, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesher Soajtantrik Dal (BSD) and Gonotantrik Bam Morcha, an alliance of leftist political parties, are going to announce a left-leaning combine formally very soon.
The decision was made in a meeting of top leaders of the three parties, which was held at CPB headquarters in Dhaka on July 15. They then also decided to hold a mass rally in the capital on July 27 and formed a drafting committee. It is reported that the official announcement about the alliance will come during the rally. 
The members of the drafting committee are CPB General Secretary Md Shah Alam, Bam Morcha Coordinator Saiful Haq, BSD (Marx) Secretary Shuvangshu Chakrabarty, Gonosanghati Aaldolan Chief Coordinator Jonayed Saki, CPB Presidium Member Ruhin Hossain Prince and BSD central committee member Bajlur Rashid Firoz. 
When contacted, CPB General Secretary Md Shah Alam told bbarta that they have decided to work jointly to help the country get rid of the current political crisis, communalism, imperialism and anarchy, establishing the spirit of Liberation War.  
“We are going to hold a mass rally in Dhaka on July 27,” he said.
Biplobi Workers’ Party General Secretary Saiful Haq said they, as an alliance, will definitely run for the next polls race if a democratic situation, suitable for an inclusive election, prevails then.
“We do not want our movement to remain just slogan-based. We will reach the masses through an alternative political programme, aiming to raise public awareness against the communal and undemocratic atmosphere in the country,” he said. 
Meanwhile, Islami political platforms are also going to form an alliance of their own.
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain, Bikalpadraha Bangladesh President Badruddoza Chowdhury, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab) President ASM Abdur Rab, Krishak Sramik Janata League President Kader Siddique and Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman are also keen to form an alliance.
Recently, the leaders held a meeting at the Uttara residence of Abdur Rab, when they discussed the country’s current political situation and the formation of the combine. 
They then also decided to draft a final outline in this regard very soon.
Mahmudur Rahman Manna said they approached many others, but very few had attended the meeting. 
“We have long been discussing to float a new alliance. So, we had a fruitful discussion over the issue in the meeting,” he said, adding, they are trying to ascertain some common issues to address.
JSD General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan said they have been working to form an alliance for quite some time now.
“We managed to hold talks in this regard at the house of our leader (ASM Abdur Rab) despite police obstruction. The leaders of other parties reached a consensus to form an alliance soon,” he added.
Jaker Party, Islami Oikya Jote, Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Khelafat Majlish and Khefat Andolan, among others, are also mulling of constituting an alliance ahead of the election. Many said the combine may be floated next month. 
Islami Oikya Jote Chairman Abdul Latif Nezami told the reporter that they were invited by Jatiya Party Chairman Hussein Muhammad to join a proposed alliance. 
“We also had a discussion on the matter. But, my party is now more focused on an alliance of Islamic parties. So, we are turning down Ershad’s proposal for we have decided to go to the next parliamentary election under a platform of Islami parties,” he further said.

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