Prior to the 11th National Parliament, a political platform called Jukto Front was formed, led by Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
Later, Biklapa Dhara went with Awami League (AL) and Badruddoza’s son, Mahi B Chowdhury, contested under the symbol of boat and was elected. Also elected was Bikalpa Dhara Secretary General Abdul Mannan. Though the allies in Jukto Front were displeased they remained quiet in expectation of post-election privileges.
Jukto Front allies now say: “A restless situation took form within the alliance over Bikalpa Dhara’s seat compromise with AL.”
Though the Bikalpa Dhara does not have any political activities, press releases are regularly issued in the name of Badruddoza Chowdhury by his press secretary Jahangir Alam.
These releases are hardly discussed with the allies.
Secretary General of Bangladesh National Awami Party, Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, said: “After the budget discussion, we do not have any contact with the Jukto Front though we have not left the alliance as yet.”
A leading leader of the Jukto Front said: “Before the 11th Parliamentary Election, Bikalpa Dhara wanted 150 seats from BNP but Mahi Chowdhury compromised with AL in exchange for only two seats. Badruddoza Chowdhury used the party to make his son an MP.”