A faction of National Democratic Party (NDP) on Saturday issued a 72-hour ultimatum to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to press home for its five-point demands and threatened to leave the 20-party alliance if their demands are not met within the stipulated time.
Alamgir Majumdar, at a press conference held at a city hotel, sacked Golam Mortoza from the party’s chairman post and announced himself as the party’s new chairman.
Later, he came up with the ultimatum placing the demands.
The demands include announcing anti-government programme involving common people, clarifying BNP's stance regarding the relationship between India and Bangladesh, putting continuous pressure on India to resolve river water sharing issue and ensuring democratic practices in taking decisions within the alliance.
NDP's Acting Secretary General Alinur Rahman Khan Saju and a number of Presidium members were present at the pres conference.
Besides, National People's Party Chairman Sheikh Shawkat Hossain Nilu, NAP (Bhasani) Chairman Sheikh Anwarul Haque, Bangladesh Labour Party Chairman Sekendar Ali Moni and Bangladesh Islamic Party Secretary General Abdur Rashid Pradhan were present.
Golam Mortoza told media that Alamgir Majumdar was sacked from the party’s secretary general post on Friday night for violating the party constitution and for his involvement in the anti-party activities.
"The NDP with my leadership will remain a component of alliance," he said.
Meanwhile, BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has convened an emergency meeting of all secretary generals of the alliance at BNP Nayapaltan office at 4pm on Saturday following the situation.