Mahmudur Rahman Manna, a political think-tank is also recognised as an anchor of television talk-shows, is reknowned for his criticism of the country’s existing political culture, especially longstanding feud between two major parties-- Awami League and BNP.
He has been trying to organise an alternative political platform, a 'third' party, to restore pure democratic culture and system in the country since 2012. Claiming himself as a member of the civil society, he managed to gain confidence of the elite class but failed reach out to the common people.
But his political hypocrisy was revealed few days ago with the surfacing of audio tapes containing recordings of his 'secret' conversation with BNP leader Khoka. Suddenly his real face became known to the public as he was heard insisting BNP leader Sadek Hossain Khoka to continue vandalism and anarchy and he even told Khoka to make the universities unstable in a bid to topple the government. He also expressed his interest to meet with the army generals seeking their help to enforce a political change.
Convener of Nagorik Oikya, Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s telephone conversations with Khoka and an unknown person brought to light his true nature.
After being neglected by the ruling Awami League in 2009, a fulltime politician Manna, organising secretary of Awami League, formed his own party in 2012, named “Nagorik Oikya”. However, his party is not registered with the election commission yet.
Former DUCSU VP Mahmudur Rahman Manna was very popular and successful as a student leader in the seventies but he failed to keep his glorious image intact in the mainstream politics as he was neither committed nor devoted to any political ideology.
Swadesh Roy, a noted journalist and columnist claimed that Mahmudur Rahman Manna was an active member of Islami Chhatra Shangha, a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami before 1971.
After Independence of Bangladesh, He joined Jatiyo Somajtantrik Dal. In 1973, he became the general secretary of Chhatra League. He was also elected the general secretary of CUCSU in 1972 from Chatra League.
In 1979, Manna was elected the general secretary of DUCSU. In 1980, he was elected the VP of DUCSU from Chhatra League.
From 1983 to 1990, Manna played a vital role in anti-Ershad movement as a central leader of BSD.
Later, he switched to Mirza Sultan Raza's ‘Janata Mukti Party’. Manna became an Awami League leader in 1992 as the ‘Janata Mukti Party’ merged with Awami League.
After a landslide victory of two-thirds majority in the ninth parliament election, Awami League neglected Manna as he was marked as a reformist and a key player of 'minus two' formula in 2007.
Manna failed to win in his own constituency, Bogra-2 (Shibganj) in 2001. As an Awami League candidate he was defeated by 70,000 votes by BNP candidate Rezaul Bari Dina.