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NAP, NDP pull out of BNP-led 20-Party alliance

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NAP, NDP pull out of BNP-led 20-Party alliance

Two political parties in the fold of the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance severed their relations with the alliance yesterday, accusing the BNP of maintaining relations with what they claimed were the masterminds of the 1/11 changeover. Leaders of the Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP) and the National Democratic Party (NDP) made this announcement at a press conference in the city, just three days after the BNP joined a new alliance, the Jatiya Jukta Front.

With this, the BNP-led alliance is facing a split for the second time.

Earlier, in 2014, the National People’s Party and another faction of the NDP snapped their ties with the alliance. Bangladesh-NAP is a registered political party but the NDP is not registered with the Election Commission (EC). Speaking at the press conference at a community centre in Gulshan in the afternoon, NAP president Jebel Rahman Gani said those who are playing key roles in the formation of the Jatiya Oikya Front were the masterminds of the 1/11 changeover in 2007 and implementation of the minus two formula.

He said they have snapped all ties with the BNP-led alliance, accusing the BNP of undermining the parties and moving away from its moral high ground. “We have become scared on seeing the actors behind the January 11, 2007 changeover beside the BNP leaders… Are we going to be a part of a conspiracy to bring an undemocratic evil force to power just for assuming office?” he said in a written statement. “As democratic political parties, we do not expect to take part in any move to free the country from politics by bringing evil forces to power in the name of regime change,” read the statement.

“It seems that the general elections will be held shortly and the BNP never makes its stance clear to the alliance components. Whenever the components raise the issue of seat-sharing, the BNP avoids the issue with tricks,” the statement read.

Jebel Rahman Gani said as the prime component of the alliance, the BNP has always tried to keep other partners in the dark on its recent activities, such as the formation of the Jatiya Oikya Front.

NDP chairman Golam Mortuza, secretary-general Manzur Hossain Isa and NAP secretary-general M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan and others were also present at the press conference. BNP standing committee member and coordinator of the 20-Party Alliance Nazrul Islam Khan expressed his surprise at the announcement of the two parties to snap all their ties with the 20-Party Alliance. “There might be another reason behind the announcement,” he said.

The BNP leader mentioned that general secretaries of both the parties attended Monday’s meeting of the 20-Party Alliance, where all the allies including themselves endorsed their joining the Jukta Front and also felicitated the BNP for it. He hoped the parties would be able to realise their mistakes and return to the fold of the alliance in time.

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