Gonoforum finally splits

A faction of Gonoforum organises national council at the Institution of Engineers on Friday
Prothom Alo

Gonoforum finally suffered a split as a group of its leaders formed a 157-member new committee of the party on Friday through a council dropping its founder president Kamal Hossain, reports UNB.

Party's former general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu and its ex-executive president Subrata Chowdury were made president and general secretary respectively of the faction at its sixth national council held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.

Former party executive president professor Abu Sayeed announced the names of the 157-member new committee of the faction after an organisational meeting at the council.

He said the new committee was formed based on the opinions of the councillors.

Neither Kamal Hossain nor those who are loyal to him has been included in the committee of the faction.

Of the 157-member committee, there are a seven-member executive body and a 20-member presidium.

The seven executive committee members are Mostafa Mohsin Montu, prof Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury, Jaglul Haider Afrik, Mohsin Rashid, Mohiuddin Abdul Kader and Ayub Khan Farroque.

A close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Kamal Hossain founded Gonoforum on 29 August, 1993 deserting Awami League.

Kamal has been there in the post of party president since its inception.

Conflicts within the party leaders began after its fifth council held on 29 April, 2019, as many party leaders, including then general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, were left out in the committee.

On 5 May, 2019, Kamal made Reza Kibria general secretary of Gonoforum, dropping Mostafa Mohsin Montu, widening conflicts among the party leaders.

Though Reza was made party general secretary, a group of leaders did not cooperate with him from the very beginning. Party leaders Abu Sayeed and Subrata were initially on Reza Kibria's side, but they later engaged in conflicts with him over various decisions.

Following the serious internal feud, Reza Kibria expelled some party leaders, including Montu, Abu Sayeed and Subrata Chowdhury, while the expelled leaders ousted Reza Kibria and some others by holding an extended meeting on 26 September last year.

Finally, on 19 December last year, Gonoforum president Kamal Hossain said there was no problem within Gonoforum as they got reunited removing the conflicts and misunderstandings among them.

Amid the internal conflict, Reza Kibria resigned from Gonoforum and its post of general secretary on 7 February last.

A few days later, Kamal-led group and Montu-led one decided to hold the sixth national council of the party separately.

Finally, the Montu-led group held the council and formed a new committee excluding Kamal Hossain, 28 years after he founded the party.

Kamal-led faction was scheduled to hold the party's national council on 4 December, but it was postponed.

At a press conference on 13 November, Kamal said they may arrange the council at the end of January next.