Kader Siddique threatens to leave Oikyafront in latest development. A deep political turmoil is prevailing in both the Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-Party Alliance, where the BNP is the major ally. Partners of the two alliances have started leaving their respective alliance one after another, threatening opposition unity. In the latest development, the Bangabir Kader Siddique-led Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League (BKSJL) yesterday (Thursday) warned that it would leave the Jatiya Oikyafront if differences within the five-party electoral front were not sorted out within a month.
The BKSJL warning came only two days after barrister Andalib Rahman Partha’s Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) left the 20-Party Alliance, alleging that alliance partners were being ignored while major decisions were being taken by the BNP.
The alliance leaders expressed resentment over the U-turn of the BNP, the major partner in the two alliances, from its earlier decision of not taking oath and joining Parliament.
BNP leaders termed the situation as the worst ever for the party and put emphasis on the need to resolve the crises within the alliances by holding talks among the alliance leaders.
Briefing reporters at the party’s Motijheel office, veteran freedom fighter Kader Siddique gave an ultimatum that his party, the BKSJL, would leave the Oikyafront by June 8 if the prevailing differences and inconsistency among the allies of this political platform were not resolved by this time.
He alleged that the Oikyafront had failed to do its work in an appropriate way following the December 30 parliamentary elections, raising many questions among people.
Kader also confessed that he felt embarrassed and failed to answer about the oath-taking of BNP and Ganoforum MPs when asked by people.
Kader said: “Ganoforum MPs Sultan Mansur and Mokabbir Khan took oath as parliamentarians despite the Oikyafront having rejected the elections. Dr Kamal, then, suspended Sultan Mansur and said ’get out’ to Mokabbir Khan."
He expressed his surprise over joining of Parliament by seven Oikyafront lawmakers without consulting anyone.
The top leader questioned the weakness in running the Oikyafront and failing to take time-befitting decisions.
He also criticised the role of top Oikyafront leader, Dr Kamal Hossain, in allowing Mokabbir Khan, MP, to sit with him at the party council, despite having told him to leave his Motijheel office earlier.
Replying to a question, Kader said those who took oath and joined Parliament would be hated more than
Mir Zafar (known as a great betrayer). He said some Oikyafront activities have raised questions in the minds of people and it has failed to stand beside people who faced election-related violence.
It has also failed to hold a public gathering at Shahbagh, he added. BKSJL general secretary Habibur Rahman Talukder, among others, was present at the press conference.
After Partha’s BJP left the 20-Party Alliance, some other partners in the alliance are likely to part ways with the alliance soon for, what they said, not being properly evaluated after the Jatiya Oikyafront was formed.
A BNP standing committee member, Lt Gen (Retd0 Mahbubur Rahman, said the party is passing through a critical phase.
“The BNP is in big trouble. I think it should be resolved by the party through talks among the alliance partners,” he said.
The former Army chief, however, mentioned that the party is running in the absence of party chairman, Khaleda Zia, who is in prison, while its acting chairman is abroad.