A faction of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leaders yesterday announced a seven-member coordination committee, dropping its President Oli Ahmed.
Party’s former Joint Secretary General Shahdat Hossain Selim made the announcement at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club.
Former whip of parliament and LDP presidium member Abdul Karim Abbasi has been made president of the new committee while Selim is its member secretary.
“It’s not possible to be involved with Oli Ahmed in politics any more. That’s why we have formed a seven-member coordination committee led by Abdul Karim Abbasi. I’ve been made its member secretary,” said Selim.
He said the coordination committee will decide on the next course of action through discussions with party leaders and activists.
On October 9, Oli Ahmed formed a 203-member new committee of LDP, dropping Abbasi and Selim.
Abbasi was the presidium member while Selim joint secretary general in the party’s previous committee.
Selim said Oli Ahmed formed Jatiya Muktimoncho just to create confusion over the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“We want to strengthen the nationalist force and for that there is no necessity of Muktimoncho,” he said.
He also said that he regrets forming LDP after leaving BNP.
“I hope BNP will give me the opportunity to atone my sin,” he said.
Selim also said they will be with BNP and the 20-party alliance.
Abdul Karim Abbasi said Oli is only concerned about his own interests.
“Oli Ahmed has made LDP his property. We do not accept his committee,” he said.
On October 26, 2006, Oli left BNP and formed LDP with the then Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
However, B Chowdhury quit LDP within a year and revived Bikalpa Dhara following a conflict with Oli.
Hours after the press conference of the newly-formed coordination committee, Oli Ahmed said LDP is registered with his name.
“I founded LDP and have been carrying out the duty of the president for the last 12 years. Those who were dropped from the committee are like my brothers and sons. I won’t say anything against them. There are a number of political parties and one more can emerge,” he said at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club.
Regarding Jatiya Muktimoncho, Oli said the platform does not believe in politics of vengeance. “We will forge national unity to give democracy and the spirit of the Liberation War an institutional form,” he added.