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19 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Liberal Democratic Party splits

Oli Ahmed says faction led by him real
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), led by veteran freedom fighter Col (Retd) Oli Ahmed, has suffered a split, as some of its leaders announced a seven-member coordination committee dropping him. The committee of the LDP faction has been formed, with former whip of Parliament and LDP presidium member Abdul Karim Abbasi as its president and former joint secretary general Shahdat Hossain Selim as its member secretary. Selim made the announcement at a press conference at the National Press Club yesterday (Monday). On October 9, Oli Ahmed had formed a 203-member new central committee of the LDP, dropping Abbasi and Selim. The LDP is a partner of the BNP-led 20-party opposition alliance.

Speaking at a press conference, Oli Ahmed claimed that the faction under his leadership is the real LDP.

“The LDP has been registered in my name and I applied for it. It is the first registered political party. No one has the legal right to take over the party. I want to make it clear that this LDP is the main LDP,” he said.

Asked whether he would expel Abbasi and Selim from the party, Oli Ahmed said they are not so important national leaders that he should waste paper by expelling them.

Replying to a question, Oli Ahmed said there are several hundred political parties in Bangladesh and another one has been added to the list. He told another questioner that he had not deprived Selim and rather made him senior joint secretary general of the party.

Oli Ahmed mentioned that he formed the new central committee after consultations at the party forum.

The press conference was organised at the Jatiya Press Club under the banner of the Jatiya Mukti Mancha to protest against the price hike of essential commodities, including onion.

Earlier, announcing the new faction of the LDP, Shahadat Hossain Selim said they formed the new committee as it was not possible to be in politics with Oli Ahmed. “I had committed a sin by joining politics with Oli Ahmed,” he added.

He said the coordination committee will work out the next course of action through discussions with other party leaders and activists.

Oli Ahmed, a former standing committee member of the opposition BNP, had formed the LDP together with former president and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on October 26, 2006, after leaving the party.

However, Badruddoza Chowdhury left the LDP within a year and revived his party, the BDB, following a conflict with Oli Ahmed.

 

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