A faction of the Islami Oikya Jote, a partner of the ruling four-party alliance, broke with the coalition on Saturday. The split was announced at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
The faction, called Bangladesh Islami Oikya Jote, also placed a 19-point demand. Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury, a leader of the splinter group of the IOJ, alleged that the BNP-led coalition had failed miserably in governing the country and indulged in corruption and looting public money.
Terming Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh as ‘cancer of Islam’ he said his party’s aim would now be to free the nation from the clutches of the Jamaat. Replying to a query, he said they were in touch with the 14-party opposition combine and could join them after knowing their views on some issues.