Gonoforum president and Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain said it was a mistake to participate in the December 30 parliamentary polls with Jamaat-e-Islami.
“It’s my opinion that taking part in December 30 general election keeping Jamaat in the alliance can be called a mistake,” he told reporters at a press briefing at his party’s central office in the city’s Arambagh on Saturday afternoon.
Dr Kamal, also a veteran jurist and the drafter of the country’s constitution, claimed that he did not know about the participation of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami men in the 11th parliamentary election with the electoral symbol of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
“I publicly said that there was no Jamaat men in the Oikyafront and no one told me anything in this regard,” he said.
He also said that a pressure can be mounted on BNP to cut tie with Jamaat.
Responding to a query over what he would do if BNP does not sever its tie with Jamaat, Kamal said, “I did never think to do politics along with Jamaat and will not do so in future.”
Earlier in the day, the Gonoforum president held a meeting with his party’s central committee members to discuss the country’s current political situation.
The Jatiya Oikyafront and BNP-led 20party alliance secured a total eight seats in the December 30 national election out of 299 seats.
A total of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders took part in the election with BNP’s electoral symbol Sheaf of Paddy.