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`Me too` movement against Manna

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Published on : 17 October 2018, 10:01 PM
`Me too` movement against Manna

Jatiya Oikya Front leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna has been accused of sexual harassment. Several former Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-Jasad and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BaSad) leaders and activists have taken an initiative to highlight Manna`s sexual harassment cases expressing their solidarity with the #MeToo movement running across the globe. A former female Jasad activist told Bangla Insider, "Manna is now delivering long speeches about ethics. I wonder if he even stands in front of the mirror to discover what kind of people he actually is. Is this new generation aware of the vicious monsters that are hiding behind his sweet words?"

Following the speeches of that female activist, Bangla Insider discovers sensational information regarding this issue. BaSad was formed with a part of Jasad leaders under the leadership of A. F. M. Mahbubul Haque. Superfine student leaders of that time like Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Akhtaruzzaman, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, left Jasad for BaSad. It was said, "Jasad has lost its socialist character." Many former BaSad leaders believe that the birth of the party from Jasad was idealistic. But within a few days of the emergence as a Marxist organization, BaSad also faced the split. Talking to many former and current leaders of BaSad it has been learned that no idealistic reason is responsible for BaSad`s breakdown. The party parted away only for Manna`s extra marital affairs and immorality. Manna was involved in an unethical relationship with BaSad`s convener late AFM Mahbubul Haque`s wife. He was caught red handed while having an indecent moment. Therefore, raising the ethical question the person said, who can involve himself in an unhealthy relationship with his comrade`s wife, how can he stand in front of his people with exploitation-free political agenda? There has been a lot of debate about this question at BsSad`s politburo (the highest policy making body). Several allegations of sexual harassment against Manna came out in a long 18-hour policy-making meeting. That time Comrade Khalekuzzaman left BaSaD for Manna`s non-political behavior. It was found in the 18-hour meeting that 8 female members of BaSad resigned the party only because of Manna`s `indecent` and `improper` behaviour. Most of them are now out of the country. Even the wife of the heroic freedom fighter AFM Mahbubul Haque is now living in France. One of them said through social media, "It was his (Manna) luck that there was no #MeToo in that era. What would have happened to Jasad`s Manna then?" She also said,  "Yhese days Manna is giving speeches regarding democracy. But does a predator have moral right to speak about the country or the state? There is outrage ongoing in India over MeToo movement, let`s come forward and unveil the mask of the people like Manna."

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