Ruling Awami League’s major electoral ally Jatiya Party faction led by HM Ershad is in dilemma whether the electoral alliance will continue in the elections to upazila parishads, a major local government body, across the country.
The dilemma was created after the party decided to be in the opposition in parliament.
‘We will discuss in the party forum whether to participate in the upazila elections as an AL ally or as a separate party,’ party co-chairperson GM Quader told New Age on Thursday.
‘Initially, we decided to field candidates jointly with the Awami League for winning more seats. But, now we think we need to discuss more on the issue whether such coalition with the ruling party will weaken our stance as opposition in parliament,’ he said.
The party would inform the Awami League about its decision soon, he added.
In the December 30 general election, Jatiya Party leaders got AL-led alliance nominations in 26 constitu encies 21 of them won the polls. One of the 161 other candidates nominated by the party won the elections.
Though all the party lawmakers-elect expressed desire to be part of the government, party chairman HM Ershad decided to be in the opposition.
On January 6, the speaker recognised Ershad as the leader of opposition in parliament and GM Quader as his deputy.
AL joint general secretary Abdur Rahman said he would not comment on the Jatiya Party issue in the upazila elections until it was discussed in the party forum.
The Election Commission on Monday decided to announce schedule of the upazila parishad
polls in the first week of February.
The staggered upazila polls would be held in five phases beginning in the first week of March, commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said.
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