Workers Party former general secretary and politburo member Bimol Bishwas today resigned from the party, saying that the left-leaning organisation is being run in an undemocratic manner.
“In the garb of democracy, the Workers Party is being run in an undemocratic way. I am withdrawing my primary membership from the party on my democratic rights,” Bishwas said in the resignation letter.
The Daily Star has obtained a copy of his resignation letter where he said, “The ideological, political and organisational differences prevailing within the party with me will never be erased.”
In his letter, Bishwas said the party works against the Marxist-Leninist ideology and the party’s spirit, principles and strategies have gone in vain.
The party has become a part of the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance with a view to be a minister and lawmaker of the ruling quarter, he said.
In the letter, he said the communist and left-leaning unity will have to be built based on the struggle of the labour class people in the society.
But ignoring the principle, the number of the party’s activists is being increased giving membership to anyone indiscriminately by holding rallies in Dhaka, Barishal, Rajshahi and different parts across the country.
There are disagreements in many aspects in the party activities including, interparty relationship, fund and cadre policies, the politburo leader said.
Under these circumstances, Bishwas said, “I wrote a letter to the leadership of the party and withdrew my primary membership today.”
According to the party insiders, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon’s sudden anti-government stance is nothing, but an attempt to prevent another split in the left-leaning political organisation.
They said the party forum has recently discussed that the component of the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance almost lost its identity due to its pro-government stance, moving away from its agenda which is to work for the workers, farmers and others from the lower-income group.
The party president’s pro-government role and the party’s failure to raise voice on different crucial national issues over the years made the leaders and activists at different tiers frustrated, the insiders said.
A section of the party members was also unhappy with Menon, also a lawmaker from Dhaka-8, as he participated in the last three national elections with Awami League’s electoral symbol boat.
They alleged Menon got busy in achieving personal gains abusing his party and Jatiya Sangsad posts.
For instance, he made his wife a lawmaker from the reserved seats for women, the insiders alleged.