Workers Party’s 10th congress begins today

Dissidents to hold separate nat’l confce Nov 29

Moloy Saha | Published: 00:00, Nov 02,2019


The 10th congress of Workers Party of Bangladesh begins in Dhaka today with the vow to continue its fight against corruption, inequality and secteriansm. 

The opening session of the four-day congress would be held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh auditorium, at Ramna, where party president Rashed Khan Menon would inaugurate the congress and party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha would speak.

About 800 councillors would take part in the council session, from across the country, a party press statement said.

The dissident leaders in the party also announced to boycott the congress over ‘ideological grounds’ indicating an apparent split in the party.

The opening session would be followed by four-day council session to be held at Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh at Kakrail. 

The party faced threat of split when former general secretary and politburo member Bimal Biswas sent a letter to the party central committee announcing withdrawal his primary membership citing ideological grounds on October 22 and the central committee expelled him on October 27 accusing him of breaching discipline.   

The on Wednesday disqualified six of its central leaders to attend the 10th congress.

The party cancelled their representation in the congress for their ‘anti-congress stand’ as the six dissident central leaders earlier issued a press statement where they called on the leaders and activists not to join the congress. 

The six decedents are politburo members Nurul Hasan and Iqbal Kabir Jahid, central committee members Mofazzel Hossain Manju, Anil Biswas, Tusher Kanti Das, and Zakir Hossain Hobi.

The six dissidents said they would continue their anti-congress stand.

Ikbal Kabir Jahid on Friday told New Age that  they would hold a separate national conference on November 29 and the venue of the conference not yet finalised.

They also exchanged views with left party leaders at Sanskriti Bikash Kendra at Paribagh in Dhaka on Friday. On the previous day, Bimal Biswas also exchanged views with leaders of left parties at Communist Party of Bangladesh central office.

Workers Party was formed in 1980 and last 9th congress was held in Rajshahi. The party faced spilt several times, mainly on ideological grounds.

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