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New political alliance formed in Bangladesh ahead of election

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Some political parties in Bangladesh, including the main opposition BNP, formed an anti-alliance on Saturday to force the ruling quarter to form an all-party caretaker ahead of the in December, according to

Gono Forum unveiled the new political alliance 'Jatiya Oikya Front' with former Khaleda Zia's Nationalist Party and two other parties, saying it was for the greater interest of the country, reported.

"The newly floated alliance started its journey with a vow to force the ruling quarter to resign from the state power before the announcement of the schedule of the upcoming general election,"Kamal, a prominent lawyer, said at a press confrence.

An all-party acceptable election-time will have to be formed after the dissolution of the current parliament, Kamal said in the press conference.

He also demanded the immediate release of all political prisoners including Zia, who has been in jail since February after a court sentenced her over the alleged embezzlement of foreign funds meant for an orphanage trust.

BNP leaders allege she was being denied proper medical treatment in the jail.

During the press conference, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur announced seven-point demands and 11-point goals of the newly formed political alliance, the report said.

"We have been hatching efforts to form such national unity and at last, we became successful today," Manna said.

Earlier, differences emerged between Kamal and Bikalpadhara chief and former over the inclusion of fundamentalist and the BNP in the alliance.

The two leaders held instead of their planned joint appearance before the press.

Later, Kamal formed the alliance with the BNP, leaving out Chowdhury.

is set to hold election in December.

Zia, 72, and Sheikh Hasina, 70, the country's two formidable leading women are known as the 'Battling Begums' for their bitter rivalry that has poisoned the Bangladeshi for nearly three decades.

'Begum' refers to a high-ranking Muslim woman.

Between 1991 and 2006 Zia became the for three terms and for one.

Since 2009, has been in power.

When the Hasina-led government refused to hand over power to a caretaker government before the 2014 national elections, BNP boycotted the poll.

In May, Zia was granted bail by the in the trust case. But, she still remains in jail after being implicated in some other violence-related cases.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 22:25 IST