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B'desh opposition parties' efforts to form alliance suffer setback

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

The efforts by opposition political parties in to form a joint front against the ruling League suffered a setback on Saturday after differences emerged between the proposed alliance's two key leaders.

Just before the announcement of the framework of greater national unity, the two leaders called instead of their planned joint appearance before the press.

Bikalpadhara chief and former and noted of Gano Forum had initiated the process for forging the unity a year ago.

A rift has developed between the two over the inclusion of fundamentalist and the role of Nationalist Party (BNP) in the alliance.

Senior BNP leaders joined Hossain's press conference at the while Chowdhury held the briefing at his Baridhara residence saying "we are trying to keep the unity of the (proposed) opposition combine".

Chowdhury said he went to Hossain's residence to join the planned meeting but found his house locked.

Hossain, on the other hand, made no mention of Chowdhury in his statement where he said "their unity is aimed to forge the national solidarity".

But Chowdhury said "no unity is possible" unless the Jamaat was discarded and equitable stake of all the parties was ensured if the opposition alliance was elected to the next government.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 20:40 IST