LDP splits over internal conflict

Tapos Kanti Das | Published: 14:53, Nov 18,2019 | Updated: 00:32, Nov 19,2019


Jatiya Mukti Mancha holds a press conference in Dhaka in protest against the skyrocketing of onion price. — New Age photo

Liberal Democratic Party suffered a split as a group of its leaders on Monday announced a seven-member coordination committee dropping its president Oli Ahmad who formed the party’s new 203 member committee only nine days ago.

Party’s former joint secretary general Shahdat Hossain Selim who was dropped from the committee announced on November 9 came up with the announcement at a press conference at the National Press Club in the morning, 13 years after the party was formed in 2006.

Shahdat said that former whip and LDP’s former presidium member Abdul Karim Abbasi was made president of the new seven-member coordination committee while he was made its member secretary and the committee would contact grassroots leaders to take political decision of LDP soon.

The other members of the coordination committee are former LDP presidium member and former lawmaker Abdul Gani, former organising secretaries MA Bashar, Syed Ibrahim Raonak and Tauhidur Rahman and former office secretary Quazi Matiur Rahman.

‘Now it’s not possible to do politics with Oli Ahmed,’ Shahadat, who was LDP joint secretary general for 13 years since its formation, said and added that they were excluded from the committee announced on November 9 violating the party constitution.

Besides, he said Oli, by forming Jatiya Mukti Mancha, could do nothing but confuse the movement to free Khaleda and nationalist movement. ‘We want to strengthen nationalist political force. There was no plausible reason behind the forming Mukti Mancha.’

Responding to a question, he said that they would dissolve LDP and join BNP if BNP invited them.

The convener of the committee, Abdul Karim Abbasi, termed Oli Ahmed ‘selfish’.

In the afternoon, Oli Ahmed denied all the allegations brought by Shahdat against him and said that most of those who claimed to form LDP had resigned earlier. ‘They are like my sons. It is not decent to speak against them. I have nothing to say.’

He said that LDP was a registered political party using his name and none had opportunity to use the name.

Asked about Shahdat’s claim of dropping them in the new committee violating the party constitution, he said that the new committee was announced following all the rules and the party constitutions.

‘Did we raise any question about forming Jatiya Oikya Front? We did not,’ he asked responding to a question seeking his comment on Shahdat’s allegation about forming Jatiya Mukti Mancha. 

On October 26, 2006, Oli left BNP and formed LDP together with then Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury who abolished his party.

Months after its formation, B Chowdhury left LDP with his followers and revived his party Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh following a conflict with Oli.

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