Gono Forum expels four dissident leaders

Possibility of party split widens

Moloy Saha | Published: 00:19, Oct 18,2020


Gono Forum on Saturday announced that it had expelled four more dissident leaders — Abu Syeed, Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Subrata Chowdhury and Jaglul Haider — from the party, heightening possibility of a split.

The central committee of the party, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, took the decision to expel the four senior leaders at a meeting at the National Press Club taking the total leaders expelled to eight, said Gono Forum general secretary Reza Kibria after the meeting.

The dissident leaders who were expelled earlier are Khan Siddiqur Rahman, Helal Uddin, Abdul Hasib Chowdhury and Latifur Bari Hamim.

On September 26, the dissident leaders from an ‘extended meeting of the central committee’ expelled Reza Kibria and three other leaders — Mohsin Rashid, AOM Shafiqullah and Mostaque Ahmed — for taking part in ‘anti-party activities’.

Following the dissident leaders’ meeting, Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain on September 28 served show-cause notices on Mostafa Mohsin Montu, former general secretary of the party, and Abu Syeed, Subrata Chowdhury and Jaglul Haider, former executive presidents, for ‘creating chaos in the party and violating its charter’.

Reza Kibira on Saturday said that they did not get any reply from the four leaders within the deadline.

He said that the party decided to hold its 6th national conference in Dhaka on December 12, ahead of the national council announced by the dissidents.

The dissident leaders from their meeting on September 26 decided to hold the national council on December 26 and formed a 201-member conference preparatory committee.

Mostaque Ahmed, a central leader of the party, told New Age that most of the members of the 70-member central committee attended the Kamal Hossain-led meeting on Saturday.

He said that Kamal Hossain joined the meeting virtually.     

During the same time, the dissident leaders formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club protesting against rape and repression on women.

Abu Syeed, Mostafa Mohsin Montu and Subrata Chowdhury spoke at the programme.

They said that the central committee meeting, organised by Reza Kibria, had no legal basis as most of the central committee members did not attend it.

They called on the Gono Forum leaders and activists to join in the council scheduled on December 26.

The dissidents took control of the party’s central office at Eden Bhaban recently.

The leadership crisis in Gono Forum began as soon as Reza Kibria was appointed the party general secretary at its special council session on April 26, 2019 without any election process.

Leaders and activists were divided over his appointment.

Kamal Hossain on March 4, 2019 dissolved the central committee of the party and formed a 71-member central ad-hock committee keeping Reza as general secretary.

Gono Forum was formed on November 4, 1993.

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