The Jatiya Party has not yet reached a consensus with the Awami League regarding the distribution of seats in the upcoming 12th National Assembly elections. Negotiations are going on for certain seats. The leaders of the party did not rule out the possibility of going to the election in alliance with the Awami League.
In the last three parliamentary elections, the Jatiya Party voted in agreement with the Awami League. Jatiya Party, the main opposition party of the 11th National Parliament, wants to go to the National Parliament with more seats. They have already demanded withdrawal of nomination of Awami League candidates from 23 constituencies as part of negotiations with the ruling party.
General Secretary of Jatiya Party Mujibul Haque Chunnu said, ‘If I tell you all the election strategy, if everyone knows then my strategy will not be useful. Let there be an election. My party reserves the right to take any decision at any time for political reasons on any organizational matter. We are in touch with the Election Commission and we are in touch with those who have more responsibility for the ruling party. Formal is becoming informal again.’
Jatiya Party leaders have been saying for a long time that they will not join any coalition in this election. Select individually. The party sat in discussions with Awami League on December 6. The next day, General Secretary of Jatiya Party Mujibul Haque Chunnu claimed that they had no discussion with the leaders of the party regarding the distribution of seats in the election.
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.
Presidium member of the party Syed Abu Hossain Babla said that we have to wait for a few more days to know whether there will be strategic unity with Awami League in this election.
Babla said, ‘Earlier we did it on the basis of coalition seats. But there is no last word in politics. When and what kind of political strategy.. politics has no final say. There can be many things in the political equation at times. Look, you will see.’
Leaders of the Jatiya Party said that this time their election manifesto emphasized on elimination of unemployment, decentralization of services from the capital to various districts, improvement of health care and protection of children’s rights.
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 Oikyazot 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.