Jatiya Party Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu has claimed that there was no discussion about seat distribution in the meeting with the ruling Awami League in view of the upcoming 12th National Parliament elections. He said this at a press briefing at the Jatiya Party chairman’s office at Banani in the capital.
The leaders of the Jatiya Party held a meeting with the leaders of the ruling Awami League in Gulshan of the capital last Wednesday night. This briefing is basically to highlight the content of that meeting.
Chunnu claimed that the issue of election environment was discussed in the meeting with Awami League.
Jatiya Party General Secretary said, ‘Many of you (journalists) are saying, distribution of seats etc. etc. We did not talk about seat distribution. We don’t think there is much need. Jatiya Party thinks that if the voters from all over the country are given the opportunity to come to the polling station, can come and cast their vote, then it cannot be said that there can be a silent voting revolution like in 1991. We are very confident about us.’
The 1991 5th National Parliament election is considered very important in the history of the country’s democracy. Jatiya Party’s founding chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad resigned from the post of President on December 6, 1990, ending the long autocracy. The polls were held on February 27 next year. The voting percentage in that election was 55.55.
BNP won 140 seats in that election. Awami League had 88 seats. And Ershad’s Jatiya Party got only 35 seats. Later, BNP formed the government with the support of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Jatiya Party Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu said about the meeting with Awami League, “What steps can be taken for the voters to come to the polling stations, what are our suggestions, can the Awami League or the ruling party help the Election Commission so that the voters can exercise their right to vote?” Everything has been discussed.’
Chunnu said that the discussion took place in a cordial atmosphere, ‘I saw that there is a spontaneity among the respected leaders of the Awami League who participated in the discussion. We see a positive attitude of them to conduct elections well. As I have said before, I am still saying that our experience in bye-elections and local government elections in an average of 5 years is not pleasant. So we still have a dilemma.’
Jatiya Party Secretary General said, ‘Our message to those in power is that you support the Election Commission whatever is required. To restore the confidence of the voters, to come to the polling station. They promised us that they will support the Election Commission at any cost. We trusted their words. I will wait for the next day. We believe that this election will be a competitive election between Jatiya Party and Awami League.
Out of the 44 political parties registered for the upcoming 12th National Parliament elections, the candidates of 29 political parties, including the Awami League-National Party, are coming to the polls this time. On the other hand, 15 political parties including BNP have no candidates in this election.
This time 304 people wanted to vote with the plow of Jatiya Party. According to the Election Commission, two candidates have submitted their nominations against Langal in a total of 18 seats. Jatiya Party is being considered as the second largest party as BNP did not come in this election.
After the fall of Jatiya Party’s founding dictator Ershad in the nineties, the party has allied with various political parties at various times. Awami League took the help of Jatiya Party to form the government after the seventh national parliament election in 1996. Awami League got 146 out of 300 parliamentary seats in that election. Jatiya Party got 32 and BNP had 116 seats.
Ershad’s Jatiya Party formed an alliance with BNP, Jamaat and Islami Oikyajot two years before the 2001 national elections. The party left the alliance just before the polls. However, the party broke up and a part remained with that alliance in the name of BJP.
In 2007, Awami League also allied with Jatiya Party along with Jasad, Workers Party of Bangladesh, Gano Forum and LDP. However, this alliance did not last. Before the 2008 elections under the military-controlled caretaker government, the LDP and Ganaforum dropped out of the Awami League-led grand coalition. At that time Jatiya Party was the main partner of Awami League.
In that election, the BNP-led alliance did not get any attention from the Grand Alliance. This coalition formed the government with a two-thirds majority in the elections.
Another round of national elections was held in 2014 with the exclusion of the BNP-led coalition. Jatiya Pati voted in the seat left by Awami League in that election. After the election, the party also got status as the main opposition party in the parliament. Despite being in the opposition party, several leaders of the party served as ministers and state ministers in that government. At that time, the party had to face various criticisms.
After this, the Jatiya Party wanted to leave the Awami League alliance many times, but in the end it remained in the alliance. In 2018, they came to the election after making a lot of compromises with the Awami League. The Jatiya Party retained the position of the main opposition party in the parliament with 22 seats in the BNP’s landslide in that election.