Uturn of B Chys Jukta Front

first_imgBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. Prothom Alo File PhotoAfter months of anti-government speeches and playing an active role in forming an opposition alliance, Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front did a somersault on Tuesday, making it clear they were likely to join polls under the ruling Awami League-led alliance. Mahi B Chowdhury, a top leader of Jukta Front and son of former president B Chowdhury, and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) leader MA Mannan held a meeting with AL general secretary Obaidul Quader at the Dhanmondi office of AL on the day where Mahi made his alliance’s stance clear. Mahi, however, said that they are not joining the AL-led 14-party alliance, rather they are opting to form a grand alliance under AL leadership. He also said they did not join the BNP-led alliance as the former refused to sever their ties with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. On 4 December last year, Badruddoza Chowdhury rolled out the political alliance named ‘Jukto Front’, comprising ASM Abdur Rab’s Jatiya Samajtantrik DAL-JSD, Abdul Kader Siddique’s Krishak Sramik Janata League and Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s ‘Nagorik Oikya’.At that time, Badruddoza said uniting the people on the demand for free and fair elections under a ‘neutral’ government would be their ‘first target’.After series of meetings spanning over months with Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum and some other political parties and alliances including main opposition BNP, Jukta Front was all set to be a part of the greater opposition alliance. ‘Jukta Front’ leader B Chowdhury also attended a citizens’ rally of ‘Jatiya Oikya Prokriya’ (National Unity Process) on 22 September which was also attended by Kamal Hossain and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The rally unveiled their three-point demand, including the formation of a polls-time neutral government, reconstitution of the election commission and dissolution of parliament before the announcement of election schedule. However, the much talked about opposition alliance styled ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ finally took a concrete shape based on their seven demands and eleven-point targets on 13 October without BDB chief B Chowdhury. Other components of Jukta Front joined the Oikya Front. B Chowdhury on that very day of formation of the alliance said they did not join the ‘Oikya Front’ as BNP did not give any clear announcement of severing ties with anti-liberation forces, and of balancing state power and politics.Since then, the talks of BDB’s joining hands with AL was looming in the political arena of the country, which was partly proven true by Mahi B Chowdhury’s meeting with the AL general secretary on Tuesday. Earlier, ‘Jukta Front’ held a dialogue with the Awami League-led alliance on 2 November at the prime minister’s Ganabhaban residence. They termed the dialogue fruitful.On 8 November, B Chowdhury alleged that the government has “breached” its promise to ensure a level playing field by not allowing them to go to Satkhira by helicopter to join a public rally.But things have changed now it seems.last_img