The BNP blames the ruling party for trying to create rift within the 20-Party opposition alliance, which it leads. Senior leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Saturday that the Awami League (AL), which came to power through a ‘voter less polls’, is now ‘politically bankrupt’.
His allegations follow the Islami Oikyo Jote’s (IOJ) decision to withdraw from the 20-Party alliance.
IOJ Chairman Abdul Latif Nezami announced on Thursday that it has left the BNP-led coalition. An IOJ faction, however, said it was still with the alliance.
The same day, several BNP leaders alleged that it was the Awami League’s handiwork.
In 1999, Khaleda Zia announced the Four-Party alliance with Jatiya Party, Jamaat-e-Islami and IOJ to launch a movement against the then AL-led government.
Since then, the IOJ has been a part of the BNP-led front that later grew into the present 20-Party alliance. The Awami League has rubbished BNP’s allegations. Senior leader Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif said that they have no idea why IOJ left the BNP-led coalition. BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul said on Saturday: “It now seems that the Awami League, which had led movements for democracy has now turned to a politically bankrupt party.” Speaking at the national convention of the Labour Party, a BNP ally, he came down hard on the ruling party saying that it should have played a role to establish democracy in the country. “But it’s trying to create rift within other political parties.” Fakhrul claimed that it’s not only the BNP who are being oppressed, but anyone who had a different view, according to a news agency.