LDA in organisational crisis, likely to split

The Left Democratic Alliance, a combine of nine left political parties, is in an organisational crisis over keeping two partners in the alliance as they are likely to join another proposed seven-party alliance.

The crisis has emerged as two LDA partners — the Ganosamhati Andolan and the Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh — are maintaining relations with the proposed seven-party alliance led by Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD president ASM Abdur Rob.

In the LDA central steering committee’s meeting on May 9, the alliance coordinator, United Communist League general secretary Abdus Satter, requested the leaders of two parties to take a decision whether they would remain in the nine-party alliance or leave it to join the proposed alliance.

Abdus Satter told New Age that they did not take any decision so far regarding keeping the two parties in their alliance.

‘We shall discuss the issue in the alliance’s next meeting that will be held in the last week of the current month’, Abdus Satter added.

Ganosamhati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki said that they did not take any decision so far to leave the nine-party alliance.

‘When the main motto of the LDA is establishing voting rights of the people, we can continue parallel movements staying in the alliance,’ Saki added.

The LDA steering committee did not take any decision so far on the issue, Saki added.

Revolutionary Workers Party leader Saiful Huq said that in the past, the left parties had been in both the Left Democratic Front and the 11-party alliance at the same time.

‘We have not taken any decision so far to leave the LDA,’ Saiful added.

Ganosamhati Andolan and Revolutionary Workers Party leaders and activists did not take part in the LDA march programme towards the commerce ministry protesting at the price hikes of essential commodities on May 17.

They also did not participate in the LDA protest programme against the proposed power price hike in front of the National Press Club on Friday.

Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Bazlur Rashid Firoz said that the 11-Party alliance was formed in 1998 after dissolving the Left Democratic Front.

The LDA partners are the Communist Party of Bangladesh, the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, the Ganosamhati Andolan, the Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh, the SPB (Marxist), the United Communist League of Bangladesh, the Democratic Revolutionary Party, the Workers Party of Bangladesh (Marxist) and the Samajtantrik Andolan.

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