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Jatiya Party again decides to join Awami League-led Grand Alliance government

  • Published at 10:55 am January 3rd, 2019
Jatiya Party (JaPa) Co-Chairman GM Quader speaks at a press conference at the party chief's office in Dhaka on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The party led by HM Ershad won 22 seats in the 11th general election

Jatiya Party (JaPa) has again decided to join the government of Awami League-led Grand Alliance.

JaPa Co-Chairman GM Quader confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune his party’s decision, taken at a meeting of JaPa’s parliamentary party at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Thursday afternoon.

He, however, did not rule out the possibility of JaPa becoming the main opposition party in parliament for a second consecutive term.

Responding to a question, he said they were also yet to decide who will be the JaPa leader in parliament.

"The party will discuss and soon decide on the matter," he added.

Responding to another question, Quader added that Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, as the leader of the House and the prime minister, would decide how many members from JaPa would be in her Cabinet.

JaPa secured 22 seats in the 11th general election held on December 30, after joining the Grand Alliance right before the polls.

Quader, who contested the election and was elected from Lalmonirhat 3 constituency, said: “There is nothing new to announce about this issue. We participated in the polls with the Grand Alliance, so it was kind of implied that we would form the government together.

Also Read- JaPa yet to decide on role in parliament

“Our parliamentary party just took a formal decision during the meeting today [Thursday].”

He said JaPa has been hesitant to decide its role in parliament as they did not think Jatiya Oikya Front, which has BNP as a key element, would get such low number of seats (seven) in the election.

Replying to another query, he also said that their decision might change, depending on the situation, if elected Oikya Front MPs decide to stay away from taking oath and joining the parliament.

“But that decision will be taken after discussion with the Grand Alliance. For now, we are set to join the Awami League-led government.”

JaPa’s decision to join the government, however, gives Oikya Front the opportunity to become the main opposition in parliament, as the platform has the third highest number of seats.

But the Oikya Front and BNP on Thursday announced that their MPs-elect would not take oath.

Apart from their seven lawmakers, the swearing-in ceremony of 291 lawmakers of the 11th parliament was held at the Parliament Secretariat earlier in the day.

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