Both Awami League and BNP , the main political parties in Bangladesh have decided to renew and strengthen their respective alliances. Before January 11, BNP had formed a four party alliance and Awami League had formed a fourteen-party alliance to fight the election.
With restrictions now lifted on indoor politics, the parties are once again trying to renew relationships with their partners in the previous alliance not only to participate in the election but also to take part in discussions with the election commission on electoral reforms.
The Awami League has decided that it would discuss with its allies in the 14 Party Alliance to place identical proposals for electoral reforms in their dialogues with the Election Commission. The AL presidium at a meeting at acting party president Zillur Rahman’s house on Friday decided to prepare proposals similar to those of its allies to be placed before the EC. The party has assigned senior presidium member Tofail Ahmed to maintain contacts with the components of the AL-led alliance in this regard. Tofail Ahmed, the coordinator of the Alliance says that the aims and objectives of the alliance has been similar so it is important that they should move together.
Brigadier Hannan Shah , the Advisor of the BNP’s Chairperson Khaleda Zia says that although formally the four party alliance could not sit together , they are still in touch with the top leaders of four party alliance.