Ideological Bankruptsy and internal power straggle between Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed and Mujibadies.

Awami League was pre dominantly a party representing the rising middle class. However, it also had within ranks nationalist, progressive and socialist. All this conflicting and divergent ideas gave birth to confusion, dissention even arm hostilities.

From the very beginning Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed propagated nothing but scientific socialism would be established under the four state principles. On 22nd December 1971 the government issued an order for surrendering arms. The student and youth leaders of Awami League, particularly the leaders of BLF, which was created during the war by the RAW, refused to comply with that order. The ‘Char Khalifas’ (Sheikh Fazlul Haq Muni, Tofayel Ahmed, Abdul Quddus Makhan and Abdur Razzak) Sherajul Alam Khan always preffered to stay behind the scene) thought that Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed gave the order to minimize their power. So, they decided to intensify their virulent attack on the Prime Minister at all fronts. On 26th December a large number of people including some noted criminals joint Mujib Bahini (Erstwhile BLF) and became ‘freedom fighters’ over night. Some of them were even the members of the condemned forces like Rajakar, AL-Badar and Al-Shams. The leaders got them recruited to increase their individual strength. The people knew them as notorious ‘16 Division’. To counter Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed politically on 17th February Mr. Tofayel Ahmed declared, "Mujibbad will be established in Bangladesh. Four principles of Mujibad-nationalism, democracy, socialism and secularism are going to be the state principles." Explaining Mujibad he further said, "The great American leader Abraham Lincoln gave America democracy and independence. But he failed to give them socialism. Karl Marx was the father of socialism but his philosophy was void of democracy. Mujibbad has both democracy and socialism. Therefore, Mujibbad is going to be the future political philosophy of the entire THIRD- WORLD. By establishing mujibbad, which is an unique innovation, we shall turn Bangladesh into ‘GOLDEN BENGAL.’ He termed the movement for Mujibbad as the second revolution and urged the people to plunge into the movement whole-heartedly. On 3rd January Pakistan government broke the news that Sheikh Mujib would be released. After getting the news the ‘char kahlifas’ started poisoning the ears of the Sheikh family. Sheikh Moni played the leading role in this campaign. They said that Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed did not have any respect or loyalty towards Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He wanted to be the sole champion of the liberation war. They further said that he even did not recognize Sheikh Mujib to be the declarer of the independence. After Sheikh Mujib had returned those leaders became more vigorous in their anti Tajuddin campaign. Taking advantage of the nine months absence of Sheikh Mujib they staged dramas in front of him with crocodile tears and lamented, "We became the eye sores to Tajuddin Ahmed just for our efforts to up hold your image and leadership in your absence. We had been persecuted in many ways throughout last nine months. He even planed to send Sheikh Kamal to the battlefront endangering his life. But he did not succeed because of our resistance. We forced him to keep Sheikh Kamal in Mujibnagar headquarters as one of the ADCs of Col. Osmani." This gang of power hungry leaders concocted many other stories and finally succeeded in convincing Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Sheikh Mujib did not consider verifying those accusations as his own family members also expressed their dislike and grievances against Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed. As a result just one day after his return on 11th January he removed Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed, one of his long tested comrade from his post and himself became the Prime Minister. Although Mr. Tajuddin was not removed all together from the cabinet, he was totally ignored by Sheikh Mujib on all policy matters. Sheikh Mujib once again became fully dependent on those youth and student leaders for running his administration.

Thus those leaders got a free hand to exert themselves on the national affairs. Some of the elderly leaders of Awami League became unhappy as well with such development and disapproved such undue indulgence given to those unscrupulous ambitious youngsters.