Dr Kamal wants BNP to sever ties with Jamaat
Says poll with the anti-liberation party a mistake
Published : Sunday, 13 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 799
Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain has hinted that they may mount pressure on BNP to sever ties with its long-term ally Jamaat-e-Islami to keep the alliance united.
He also endorsed that there has been a mistake in taking part in the December 30 national elections with Jamaat-e-Islami.
"In my view, taking part in the December 30 national elections keeping Jamaat in the alliance can be called a mistake," Dr Kamal, also President of Gano Forum, made the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the party's Arambagh central office in the capital on Saturday.
Claiming that he did not know about the participation of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami men in the 11th parliamentary election, he said,
"I publicly said that there were no Jamaat men in the Oikyafront and no one told me anything in this regard."
"I made my stance clear when I heard (about Jamaat's participial in polls). In my view, it can be called a mistake. I think, you (media men) got our clear statement over Jamaat issue," the Oikyafront leader said.
"Now a pressure can be mounted on BNP to cut tie with Jamaat," Dr Kamal, a veteran jurist, said.
Responding to a query over what he would do if BNP does not sever its tie with Jamaat, he said, "I did never think to do politics along with Jamaat and will not do so in future."
Earlier, Dr Kamal held a meeting of his party central committee members at the office to discuss the country's prevailing political situation.
The Jatiya Oikyafront and BNP-led 20-party alliance secured a total eight seats in the December 30 national election out of 299 seats.
As a political partner of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, 25 leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami took part in the election with BNP's electoral symbol "sheaf of paddy", but failed to secure a single seat.