BNP to continue alliance with Jamaat

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Fakhrul said this at a meeting with the leaders and activists of the party’s Nilphamari chapter

The BNP would continue to maintain its “electoral alliance” with Jamaat-e-Islami, said the party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday.

“The Jamaat is with the BNP as an ally. It will continue to be with BNP in future,” said Fakhrul at a meeting with the leaders and activists of the party’s Nilphamari chapter, according to news agencies.

However, Asaduzzaman Ripon, a spokesperson of the BNP, said on Friday that there was a gulf of ideological differences between BNP and Jamaat.

“The two parties might have formed an electoral alliance, but Jamaat has its own political ideology,” said Ripon, the international affairs secretary of BNP, at a press conference.

The party organised the press conference at its Nayapaltan central office yesterday in reaction to a remark by the prime minister, who had said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was the Ameer of Jamaat.

At a public meeting in Jessore on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina termed made the remark.

Labelling such a statement “devoid of political decorum,” Asaduzzaman said: “Could I call her [PM] the ameer of Jatiya Party or the chairperson of JaPa?”

Asaduzzaman claimed that the BNP had not made any mistake by boycotting the January 5 election. The claim was made in reaction to another statement of the PM, who had said BNP chief Khaleda Zia had understood the mistake that she had made by not joining the polls.

News Source- Dhaka Tribune Report.

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