A long associate and as a trusted friend of President Ziaur Rahman, he organized a political party by remaining behind the scene while serving at President?s House. Later on the party was renamed as BNP on his advice.
Dr. Oli Ahmad resigned from service in January 1980 to start his political career. He worked hard to organise BNP throughout the country and was one of the founders of the party, although formally he joined Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the month of February 1980. At the beginning of his political career, Dr. Oli Ahmad was appointed as State Minister in charge of Ministry of Youth Development in February 1982 where he continued till Martial Law was imposed by Lt. Gen. H. M. Ershad.
Most of the senior leaders of BNP joined military dictator Lt. Gen. H. M. Ershad in 1982 after Martial Law. But Dr. Oli Ahmad could not be purchased or coerced into submission. He was the most trusted friend of Begum Zia and Zia?s family. He maintained his principle throughout his political career and was imprisoned twice for political protest during the autocratic rule of Ershad.
Dr. Oli Ahmad was elected as a Member of Parliament for the first time in March 1980, second time on 27 February 1991, third time on 15 February 1996, fourth time on 12 June 1996, fifth time on 01 October 2001 and sixth time on 29 December 2008.
Dr. Oli Ahmad consistently upholds his moral stance through out his political career. He never surrenders before any pressure or to any body?s unfair demands. He helped Begum Khaleda Zia to gain control of BNP after the death of President Ziaur Rahman on 30th May 1981. In this period his hard work and sincerity helped him to establish himself as one of the leading political figures in BNP. Dr. Oli Ahmad was inducted into the Standing Committee in 1984, highest policy-making body of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). He also played a very important role to reorganise BNP and maintain unity among the rank and file (especially after the desertion of most of the senior leaders of the party) which paved the way for BNP to win Parliamentary Election in 1991.
Dr. Oli Ahmad was appointed as Cabinet Minister on 20 March 1991 and given the port folio of the Ministry of Communications and held the same port folio till March 1996. He brought new reforms in Bangladesh Railway, BRTC, BRTA and road construction. Some of the organisations were on the verge of financial bankruptcy (with tremendous pressure and objections from international donor agencies about the performance of the Ministry of Communication). However, at the end of his tenure these organisations were not only made profitable and efficient but also their services expanded. As an administrator, Dr. Oli Ahmad has always displayed visionary and pragmatic ideas. As the Minister for Communications he performed excellently. Infact, he laid the foundation of modern road network and constructed many big bridges through out the country including construction work of Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge which was started and 60% work completed during his tenure).
He was sworn in and given the port folio of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food and Ministry of Water Development Resources in the new cabinet formed in the last week of February 1996. But it was changed on the next day and was appointed as Minister for Energy, Gas and Mineral Resources where he continued till the resignation of BNP government on 30 March 1996. During this short period he improved the performance of Power Development Board and increased their production capacity by 130 MW.
He was In-Charge of relief, rehabilitation and disaster management for Chittagong and Chittagong Hill-tracts immediately after the devastating cyclone and tidal waves of 29 April 1991. First ten days were the most crucial period for rehabilitation and bringing normalcy in the affected coastal areas and Chittagong town. Despite the fact that all communication networks, public services and amenities were disrupted, with no food supply and drinking water readily available. Approximately One Hundred Twenty Five Thousand died and none was available even to bury the dead bodies. He deployed Ansars and village defense party for the burial. On the night of 30th April he physically guarded Chittagong port & railway stores till the arrival of army and police contingent with his security guards. He worked day & night to restore normal life along with all Govt. and semi-Govt. officials posted at Chittagong. He involved all M.P.?s, Chairman?s, other elected representatives and eloquent people of the society for distribution of relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. He controlled the situation and brought almost normalcy within 7 days. Thereafter a few Ministers and officials were sent from Dhaka to help in the distribution of relief materials in different Upazilas and Thanas. His works were greatly appreciated at home and abroad. Foreign help came only after restoring normalcy in the affected areas.
As Minster for Communication, Dr. Ahmad led the Bangladeshi delegation to attend The XIX World Congress held in Marrakesh, Morocco in September 1991. Bangladesh was one of the six countries to address the plenary session, where Dr. Oli Ahmad in his keynote speech highlighted the ambitious programme undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh for the construction of roads & improvement in road transport sector with particular emphasis on construction of highways and related infrastructure. Belgium, France and U.S.A. were among the other countries which participated in the plenary session.
Dr. Oli Ahmad visited Turkey on an invitation from his Turkish counterpart during April- May 1992, where he intensively visited various important installations including those of railway and transportation sector. During the visit he also had a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey.
As Communication Minister, he participated in a conference held in Bangkok on ?Transport and Communications Decade for Asia and the Pacific? during June 3 – 5, 1992. Ministers from different Asian Countries responsible for transport and communications attended the conference. It was sponsored by ESCAP and Dr. Ahmad was elected as Chairman of Plenary Session.
Dr. Oli Ahmad visited Mexico from 21 Nov. – 3 Dec. 1992. He was invited by the Mexican government to attend an international seminar on ?25 years of Road Developments: Prospects and Problems?, where he addressed the inaugural session as the Guest of Honour.
On an invitation from the Honorable Minister of Communication of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Oli Ahmad visited Saudi Arabia from 11 to 16 November 1993. During the visit he met the Chief of Saudi Fund for Development in Riyadh, the Minister of Finance and the President of Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah. He arranged 25 Million Saudi Rial as grant for the rehabilitation of Bangladesh Railways.
Dr. Oli Ahmad visited Myanmar in 1993 as special envoy of the Prime Minister. During the visit he held meetings with the President of Myanmar who is also the Chairman of State Law and Order Restoration Council. He also met the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Trade, Minister of Development of Border areas & National Races, Minister of National Planning and Economic Development and Minister of Home Affairs. This visit resolved the outstanding problems regarding return of Rohinga refugees and paved the way for better understanding between the two neighbours. This visit also ensured the stationing of UNHCR at Myanmar, which was not accepted by them earlier.
On an invitation from Chinese Railway Minister Dr. Oli Ahmad visited China from 28 October to 5th November 1993. During the visit he met the Vice Premier, Minister for Communications and Minister for Railways and resolved many outstanding issues with China.
Dr. Oli Ahmad visited the Republic of Korea in April 1994 and gulf-country Qatar in September 1994. On an invitation from the Iranian Minister for Roads and Transportation, he visited Iran from 7 to 13 June 1995. During the visit he met the President of Iran and Speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majlish). He visited various important installations including those of railway and transportation sector.
Dr. Oli Ahmad visited India from 2 to 9 May 1993 on an invitation from his Indian counterpart. During the visit he held meetings with the Prime Minister, Railway Minister, Foreign Minister, Home Minister, Commerce Minister and Water Resource Minister of India. He also visited different important installations of Indian Railway. He held separate meetings with the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Tripura and Governor of Rajasthan and Tripura. He was given the responsibility to resolve Chakma refugee and Armed Cadre ?Shanti Bahini Problem?. He explained the position of Bangladesh government regarding Chakma rebels of Chittagong hill tracts and sought the cooperation of Indian Government for the repatriation of Chakma refugees staying at Tripura.
Dr. Oli Ahmad started visiting nooks and corners of Chittagong Hill Tract along with other members of the committee, exchanged views with people of different strata of life, members of Shanti Bahini, convincing the later to give up arms and lead a peaceful life. He visited Tripura (India) from 31st January to 2nd February 1995 in connection with repatriation of Chakma refugees and met the Governor of Tripura. He visited different refugee camps and convinced them to return to their homeland. He concluded a successful agreement with the Government of India and arranged the repatriation of Chakma refugees. After the successful agreement about 10 thousand Chakma refugees came back to Chittagong Hill Tract. He laid the foundation for repatriation and brought peace for the people of Hill Tract. The process was completed during the rule of Awami League through another agreement with Shanti Bahini leaders.
Dr. Oli Ahmad visited Malaysia from 2-4 May 1995 on an invitation from Chairman, Organizing Committee of the South-East Asian Conference on ?Infrastructure for the 21st Century: New perspective and exciting opportunities?. He presented a paper on ?Opportunities for Investment in Infrastructure in Bangladesh?. It was highly appreciated by the audience. Dr. Oli Ahmad visited Canada from 2-9 September 1995 to attend ?The 20th World Road Congress? held in Montreal.
Dr. Oli Ahmad also visited Saudi Arabia on 11-14 September 1995 to attend 25th Founding Ceremony of the OIC held in Jeddah. He addressed the gathering on behalf of Asian countries.
He also led a delegation on 3rd Asian women Parliamentarians and Ministers Conference held at Sri Lanka on 2nd & 3rd August 2005 and was selected for chairing a session.
Dr. Oli Ahmad attended a conference on ?Global Terrorism and its Remedies? held in June 2006 at New York City of USA. The conference was jointly organized by Homeland Security of USA & Bangladeshi Nationals. Besides Dr. Oli Ahmad many Senators, Congressman & Chairman; Homeland Security participated in the conference.
He attended 55th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference held in Arusha, Tanzania from 1st October to 6th October 2009 as a representative of Bangladesh Parliament. He participated in a discussion held on ?Climate Change? and made important contribution which was appreciated by all participants.
He played an important role in bringing public awareness and accountability against corruption, extortion, use of illegal weapons and extremism of some of the Ministers, MP?s and some political big wigs of his own party BNP and other political parties from 2001 to 2006. Subsequently he resigned from BNP in protest against corruption, extortion, armed hooliganism and extremism. Since 1991 he worked relentlessly for bringing reforms in the political system, accountability in the governing system and society. Throughout his career he retained an untarnished record of honesty and integrity. He formed a new political party on 26th October 2006 with an ambition and dream to establish corruption, extortion, armed hooliganism and extremism free Bangladesh. Where democracy will take root, people will get their due share and proper justice.
As a member of the Presidential entourage, Minister and MP, Dr. Oli Ahmad visited numerous countries. These include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, City of Vatican, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Rumania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Taiwan and Tanzania.
Dr. Oli Ahmad was bestowed with the rare honour of being included in ?Statesmen?s WHO?s WHO? in 1992 for his outstanding leadership quality, which is till date a unique feature for the politicians of the country. Dr. Ahmad?s name also appears in Asia Pacific WHO?S WHO published in 2009-Vol. IX from New Delhi, India for his outstanding leadership quality.
He served as President/Convenor and member of twenty nine Cabinet & Parliamentary Standing Committees (comprised of Ministers & MPs only). Associated with 25 organizations, associations and professional societies, established 19 educational and welfare institutions and recieved 13 awards for his gallant services
Dr. Oli Ahmad Bir Bikram was associated with the following Organizations, Associations and Professional Societies in different capacity, Such as:
(1) President of Liberal Democratic Party- 2007- to date
(2) Chief Advisor, The Daily Janopad- 1994.
(3) Chairman, Daily Eishan Publication Group (A Daily News Paper)- 1997-98
(4) Chief Patron of Quasem-Mahabub High School, Chandanaish Chittagong- 1991.
(5) Honorary Patron, Institute of Applied Health Science ( Pvt. Medical College), Chittagong- 1991.
(6) Chief Patron, Bangladesh Anjumane- E- Ittehadul Muslemeen, Dhaka- 1992.
(7) Life Member of Kidney Foundation, Chittagong- 1991.
(8) Life-Member of Chittagong Samity at Dhaka, From 1984
(9) Vice President, Trustee Board of the Chittagong Samity- 1984-86.
(10) Founder Member of the University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC)- 1991.
(11) Life Member of Retired Armed-Forces Officers? Welfare Associations (RAOWA) -1984- to date
(12) Life Member of MP Club 1981- to date
(13) Honorary Member of the Dhaka Club Dhaka,1992-96
(14) Life member of Kurmitola Golf Club, Dhaka- from 1992
(15) Life member of Army Golf Club, Dhaka- from July 2009
(16) Life Member of Cox?s Bazaar Press Club- from 1993
(17) Chief Patron of Chandanaish Press Club- from 1991
(18) Life Member of Chittagong Press Club- from 2006
(19) Life Member of Chattagram Samity, UK. ? from 1993
(20) Chief Adviser of Chandanaish Samity at Dhaka- From December 2009
(21) Life Member of Chandanaish Samity at Dhaka- From 2009
(22) Life Member of Chandanaish Samity at Chittagong- From 2007
(23) Chairman, Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC)- 2006-2008.
(24) Life Member, Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC)- From 2006.
(25) Chief Patron, Social Welfare Organisation Co-ordination for Chittagong District 2008- to date