Major parties to welcome new political alliance

Ruling Awami League (AL) and its arch-rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will welcome any move for forging a new political alliance ahead of the upcoming parliamentary election.

Top leaders of both the parties expressed their comments in a positive manner as a rumour runs rife over formation of a new alliance comprising small parties, including main opposition Jatiya Party led by HM Ershad.

Senior leaders of small parties on Wednesday sat at the residence of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badrudozza Chowdhury to form a political alliance for contesting the upcoming parliamentary polls together.

BDB president Badruddoza Chowdhury, Jatiya Party co-chairman GM Quader, Jatiya Samajtanktrik Dal (Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury attended the meeting.

Referring to the meeting, Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said that formation of such alliance before the next general election is a positive sign.

“It is the beauty of democracy and we have to wait till the election for finalising the alliances and groups which will take part in the elections,” he said.

Some leaders of small political parties also attended a tea-party at the residence of ASM Rob on July 13.

The leaders of the parties had been trying to forge a third force for long, but their attempts failed due to unknown reason.

Analysts say that although the leaders of the small parties are seasoned politicians, but they have little support of common people.

Top leaders of the small parties claim that time is yet to come for announcement of the alliance, which will emerge as the third force in the country’s politics.

Over the bid to form the political alliance, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that they would welcome any such initiative for the sake of the people.

“We have welcomed the initiatives which have been in favour of the countrymen and democracy. We shall also welcome those who stands against the fascist government,” he said.

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