Jatiya Party (JaPa) Chairman HM Ershad will announce the updates on forming a new alliance at party’s presidium meeting today.
The opposition party wants to align themselves with several Islamic and democratic parties, said Ershad’s Political Secretary Sunil Shuvro Roy.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Sunil said that they have spoken to 30 odd parties to form an alliance. “The party chief hopes to form at least a strong 20-party alliance.”
The Islami Oikya Jote also received an offer to form an alliance with JaPa, its leader Altaf Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune.
“We have met with Ershad and some other parties several times to form the alliance,” Altaf said.
Sources in the JaPa said Islami Oikya Jote, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, Nizam-e-Islam Bangladesh, Bangladesh Labour Party, Amjonota Party, Democratic National Awami Party, Awami Party, Bangladesh National Democratic Party, Bangladesh Ganatantrik Andolan Party,
Islamic Democratic Party, Krishok-Sromik Party, United Muslim League, Gana Odhikar Party, Tofsil Federation, Jatiya Hindu League, Shachetan Muslim League, Bangladesh People’s Democratic Party and Islami Gana Andolan have been offered to form the alliance.
Ershad hopes the numbers will translate to seats in parliament and make a bigger impact even if the parties were unregistered by the Election Commission, said a JaPa member.
Even though they have reached out to Islami Oikya Jote, which believes in religion-based governance, JaPa has also extended a hand to form an alliance with Jatiya Hindu League hoping to win some minority votes.