Badruddoza, Kamal mull third political alliance

A third political alliance comprising parties not belonging to any of the two major alliances, led by the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP is in the offing, according to a reliable source.

The new alliance to be led by former President AQM Badrudduza Chowdhury and president of Gano Forum Dr Kamal Hossain will be launched soon, the source informed.

Negotiation is already going on to form the proposed alliance comprising Bikalpadhara Bangladesh of Prof Dr AQM Badrudduza Chowdhury, Gono Forum of Dr Kamal Hossain, Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League of Bangabir Abdul Kader Siddiqui, MP, and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) of ASM Rab.

The source said there is no guarantee that if voted to power the BNP-led alliance would not create another 'Hawa Bhaban' and indulge in corruption like the previous BNP tenure. “This is why, we want to forge a third force so that we can create pressure on them,” the source said.

When contacted, Kader Siddiqui admitted that they are continuing negotiations with like-minded parties to create unity among them for introducing a trend of healthy politics in the country outside the two powerful alliances.

“It is also the demand of the country's people to launch healthy politics. We will live up to the expectations of the people,” he said.

Talking to The Independent, Joint Secretary General of Bikalpa Dhara Mahi B Chowdhury on Friday also said that negotiation with leaders of the like-minded parties to float a third alliance is going on. “The third alliance will be launched very soon,” he said.

Asked whether there is any possibility of their joining in the BNP-led 18-party alliance, he replied in the negative saying that it is not necessarily that they should be together with 18-party alliance to protest the failures of the present government.

The Bikalpadhara leader said there is a psychological unity between Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain and Bangabir Abdul Quader Siddiqui. “We will float a third political alliance very soon,” he confirmed.

He, however, said the proposed alliance might carry out movement with the 18-party alliance based on national issues.

But Mahi B Chowdhury said they won’t hesitate to criticise the BNP for their mistakes and wrong steps. “We want to maintain an independent style of politics,” he said.

Referring to the presence of Bikalpadhara leaders at BNP functions and BNP leaders at Bikalpadhara programmes, he said it would help create a positive culture in the country’s politics.

Sources said ultimately the proposed alliance would carry out simultaneous programmes for the restoration of a non-party caretaker government to oversee the next polls and stay with the opposition alliance during the elections and formation of government, if the opposition is voted to power.

Opposition leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her June 11 rally in Dhaka had announced that the 18-party alliance would be expanded further after the Eid. With the move to launch a third alliance, the opposition may get a political ally while carrying out anti-government movement but the possibility of expanding the 18-party alliance is lessening.

News Source: 
The Independent