The BNP vice-president Shawkat Mahmud has been expelled from the party.
He has been removed from all posts, including primary membership, for violating the party’s discipline, says a BNP press release signed by its assistant office secretary, Taiful Islam.
While talking to Prothom Alo, Shawkat Mahmud termed the expulsion regrettable.
Earlier in April last year, BNP issued a show-cause notice to Shawkat Mahmud on charges of his involvement in anti-party activities.
He called a strike to oust the government under the banner of the National Committee for Civil Rights. Poet and essayist Farhad Mazhar is the convener of the committee and Shawkat Mahmud member secretary. At that time, the BNP claimed they had no connection with the movement.
Apart from this, two massive gatherings were held in Dhaka in December of 2019 and 2020, led bv Shawkat Mahmud, under the banners of Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal and Peshajibi Parishad (professional bodies). He was then served legal notice too.