Expelling its eight rebel leaders -- including Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Dr Abu Sayeed and Subrata Chowdhury -- Gonoforum, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, yesterday decided to hold the party's central council on December 12.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party's central committee at the Jatiya Press Club. Gonoforum leader Mostak Ahmed read out decisions of the meeting.
He said the meeting decided to hold the central council of the party on December 12 to make the organisation a stronger, dynamic and well-organised one in light of the current political and organisational reality.
Mostak said the meeting also decided to expel Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Prof Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury and Zaglul Haider Afrik from the post of primary member of the party, for not responding to a show-cause notice served on them on charge of violating party discipline and being involved in anti-organisational activities.
Helaluddin, Latiful Bari Hamim, Khan Siddiqur Rahman and Abdul Hasib Chowdhury -- who had been suspended previously, have also been expelled from the party as primary members.
All but Dhaka city unit Gonoforum leader Harun Talukder present at the meeting applauded the decisions.
Later, party MP Mokabbir Khan, who presided over the meeting, said the decisions were passed at the meeting as only a member opposed those.
He said their party leaders at the meeting viewed that a handful of leaders who do not comply with party discipline, obey party president and general secretary and the party charter are trying to confuse people and engage in foul play using Gonoforum's name.
"It can't be accepted," he said.
Mokabbir also said Gonoforum was not formed to serve the purpose of any agency, but a quarter within the party has been doing that for 26 years.
Party general secretary Dr Reza Kibria said some of their leaders have left the party and they have taken it as a usual matter in politics.
He, however, told party leaders that they have the democratic rights to go with Montu and other rebel leaders and follow them if their activities, ideals and personality and thoughts are better than Dr Kamal's.
"If Kamal Hossain's thoughts resonate with you, then stay with us. There are instances in Gonoforum that many people earlier deserted the party and joined other ones. So, it's nothing new," Reza observed.
He alleged those who left Gonoforum are now trying to harm the party.
"I think it's our good luck that we could identify them at the right time. They've long been trying to harm the party staying in it, but their motive has got exposed now," he said, expressing resolve to strengthen and reorganise the party afresh in consultation with the party leaders at all levels.
Mostak said 130 party leaders, including 70 members of the convening committee, joined the meeting.
Earlier on September 26, a faction of Gonoforum leaders, led by Montu, decided to hold the party's national council on December 26 next.
At an "extended meeting of Gonoforum's central committee", he also formed a 201-member preparatory committee, led by party former general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, to hold the council.
The meeting also decided to expel party general secretary Dr Reza Kibria, presidium members AOM Shafique Ullah, Advocate Mohsin Rashid and organising secretary Mostaque Ahmed for violating party discipline and constitution, and indulging in activities that go against the party's interests and organisational unity.
They claimed that 283 leaders, including representatives from 52 districts, were present at the meeting.
DEMOCRACY MUST BE MADE FUNCTIONAL: DR KAMAL
Speaking virtually at the event yesterday, Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain said democracy must be made functional so that the country's people can exercise their basic rights.
As his party is facing a split, he suggested party leaders to organise its grassroots incorporating youths and women.
Dr Kamal Hossain, a close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and an eminent jurist who drafted the constitution of Bangladesh, founded Gonoforum in 1993 leaving Awami League.