Jatiya Party, the main opposition in parliament, has finally made its co-chairman Mujibul Haque Chunnu as its new secretary general after a weeklong tension inside the party over the post which fell vacant at the death of Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu.
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader, also deputy leader of the opposition in parliament on Saturday declared Mujibul Haque Chunnu as new secretary general.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and Employment Ministry Mujibul Haque Chunnu, MP was also state minister earlier.
Party insiders said there was a division and tension among the top leaders of Jatiya Party over the post of secretary general as a number of senior leaders were interested to become the party’s secretary general while its Chairman GM Quader has also a choice for the party’s second leadership.
Ziauddin Bablu, also a former MP, passed away at a city hospital on October 2.
GM Quader was considering party’s Presidium member Shameem Haider Patwary, also MP from Gaibandha-1 constituency, for the post of secretary general. But the move was stopped as party’s senior leaders strongly opposed it.
According to Article 20/1 (1)/Ka of the Jatiya Party's charter, the party chairman has the power to appoint anyone to the post of secretary general.
GM Quader and Ranga were elected as chairman and secretary general of Jatiya Party respectively for the next three years in its council in December 2019.
On December 3, 2018, Jatiya Party Chairman and founder HM Ershad had appointed Ranga secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Howlader.
Howlader was first made Jatiya Party secretary general in 2001 when the party faced a split and remained in the post for 12 consecutive years.
On January 19, 2016, Ershad removed Bablu from the post of secretary general and replaced him with Howlader.
In April 2014, Bablu was appointed Jatiya Party secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Howlader.