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Bengal Moslem Council Party


Bengal Moslem Council Party was one of the several Bengal Muslim factions surfacing in 1926 under the initiative of ambitious metropolitan Muslim spokesmen competing with one another for recognition as leader of the Muslim community by the colonial bureaucracy. The rivalry and antipathy among the personalities became intense ahead of the elections to the provincial legislature that were due early in 1927, and community leaders with political ambition and their eyes fixed on ministerial office busied themselves organising their own factions from early 1926.

Following the formation of the Bengal Moslem Party by Sir Abdur Rahim early in 1926, ak fazlul huq hurriedly floated a faction under the appellation of the Bengal Moslem Council Party. Mujibur Rahman, editor of The Mussalman and known for his liberal and pro-Congress views, temporarily sank differences with Fazlul Huq and became the co-sponsor of the party, the object of which was stated as 'the attainment of Swaraj by the people of India by all peaceful and legitimate means and the protection and safeguard of Moslem interests'.

Mujibur Rahman and Fazlul Huq could not pull together for long; a quarrel soon broke out between the two, and the former left Fazlul Huq's company to join late in August, 1926 the Independent Moslem Party formed by young huseyn shaheed suhrawardy, and the Moslem Council Party coalesced with Suhrawardy's faction. Nothing was heard of it any more. mohammad akram khan, who had raised another group of supporters around him, also joined forces with Suhrawardy. And Rahim's Bengal Moslem Party and Suhrawardy's Independent Moslem Party were the two Muslim groups that ultimately stood out during the elections early in 1927. [BR Khan]