Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has said not only the 20-Party Alliance but also its main component, the BNP, will split.
Speaking at an event at Madaripur on Friday, he said, “There cannot be any unity between the murderers of ’71 and ’75 and some freedom fighters. A schism between them, despite their apparent unity, is inevitable. That’s why the BNP will split and the same will happen to the 20-Party Alliance too.”
Shajahan made the statement a day after the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) left the BNP-led alliance.
IOJ Chairman Abdul Latif Nezami announced the party’s withdrawal from the alliance at its triennial council held in Dhaka on Thursday.
However, within hours, IOJ Vice Chairman Maulana Abdur Rakib contradicted Nezami’s stance and said the party remained in the alliance.
The National People’s Party (NPP), led by Sheikh Shawkat Hossain Nilu, deserted the alliance last year.
Calling BNP ‘a party without any ideology’, the shipping minister said, “They want to protect war criminals, but they have failed”, according to bdnews24.com. - Idrak