GM Quader. Younger brother of late president Hussain Muhammad Ershad, took charge of the opposition Jatiya Party on Thursday, four days after the death of the former military ruler, party sources said.
JP secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga announced the decision at a press briefing at the party office in the capital on Thursday.Before his death, HM Ershad said that GM Quader would be the party chairman in his absence following the party constitution, Ranga said. “So, we’ve decided that GM Quader is our party chairman from today.”
Ranga urged the journalists to mention GM Quader as the chairman of Jatiya Party from now on.
Though some party presidium members were present at the press conference, but Ershad’s wife and party senior co-chairman Raushan Ershad remained absent.
Speaking at the press conference, GM Quader claimed that there is ‘no conflict’ or division within the party.
“All of the Jatiya Party leaders and activists are united. We’ll make the party stronger further with united efforts by turning our grief over the death of Palli Bandhu into strength,” he said.
Jatiya Party former chairman and ex-president Hussain Muhammad Ershad laid to eternal rest on Tuesday at Polli Nibash in his hometown Rangpur where he was the most admirable political figure for over three decades.In a dramatic move, the maverick former military strongman, known for frequently changing his decisions, Ershad reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as party chairman in his absence on April 6 and he did not change the decision before his death.
The party’s chairman portfolio became vacant as JP former Chairman HM Ershad died on Sunday last while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka.