Jatiya Party will leave the 14-party alliance and declare a new alliance, says Ershad
Former military dictator and Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad is leaving the Awami League-led ruling alliance to form a new alliance with several small left-leaning and Islamist parties.
“The Jatiya Party will no longer be a part of the grand alliance and declare a new alliance within a day or two to save people from the hands of the two parties,” Ershad said at a programme at his office in the capital’s Banani on Thursday.
He said the new combine would include several left-leaning parties, including Gono Forum, and Islamist parties.
ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, secretary general of Jatiya Party, also said Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain would be in the alliance.
When contacted, Gono Forum Executive President advocate Subrata Chowdhury, however, told the Dhaka Tribune: “The possibilities of joining a new political alliance led by HM Ershad are very slim.”
Ershad said his party would not take part in the polls if any of the parties did not participate. “Bring all of the parties to the election – only then will the Jatiya Party take part in it,” he said, calling upon the government.
Ershad said: “Evil powers have ruined the country’s democracy by frequently amending the constitution.
“I was an autocrat, but they [the Awami League and the BNP] are more autocratic than me.”
The Jatiya party chief said: “They do not understand the language of the public and democracy.” He termed both the parties a “curse” for the country.
On Wednesday night, Ershad met with former president and Bikalpadhara Bangladesh chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and discussed forming the new political alliance.
The meeting was also attended by ASM Abdur Rab, president of a faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, and Abdul Quader Siddique, president of Krishok Sramik Janata League.
Source: Dhaka Tribune