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Jatiya Party running sans chairman

  • Mohammad Al Amin
  • 15 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Jatiya Party running sans chairman

Main opposition Jatiya Party is running without chairman for more than one month due to a court’s embargo on GM Quader to carry out his organisational activities as chairman.

A good number of leaders and activists want that any other leader should be given responsibility of acting chairman until GM Quader is getting back his power from the court.

“Our party highest forum, including its chief patron, co-chairmen and presidium body, will take a decision about this after discussing whether any other leader will be given responsibility as acting chairman,” Jatiya Party co-chairman Syed Abu Hossain Babla told the Daily Sun.

However, another co-chairman, Kazi Feroz Rashid, said, “At this moment, GM Quader is our party chairman.  We’re not thinking anything else in this regard.”

The Appellate Division on Wednesday upheld the verdict of a lower court that barred GM Quader from performing his duties as chairman of Jatiya Party.

The Jatiya Party is running without chairman for half and one months as a Dhaka court on October 31 issued an injunction barring GM Quader from taking any political decision about the party.

The injunction came following an application filed by party’s former lawmaker Advocate Ziaul Haque Mridha.

Ziaul Haque Mridha, also a former adviser to the Jatiya Party chairman, was expelled from the party on September 17 this year.

Talking to the Daily Sun, a number of central leaders of Jatiya Party said the party remains almost ‘dysfunctional’ due to inactivity of GM Quader as the party chairman.

They said the party chief patron Raushon Ershad, co-chairmen and presidium body should take step immediately to revive the party as only around 11 months are left for the next general election.

“Jatitya Party remains standstill for around two months as GM Quader can’t perform as the party chairman. In this situation, any other leader should be given responsibility of acting chairman to run the party activities,” a senior leader told the Daily Sun, wishing not to be named.

He further said the party activities are being seriously ‘hampered’ as the party chairman has supreme power in many issues of the party, as per the charter of Jatiya Party.   “A large number of leaders and activists expect that either party chief patron Raushon Ershad or party’s senior co-chairman Annisul Islam Mahmud will take responsibility of acting chairman to overcome the current stalemate,” a senior leader said.

Jatiya Party insiders said GM Quader has expelled a number of central leaders, including former JP secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga and Mridha, after assuming post of Jatiya Party chairman in the last council.

The leaders who have been removed from Jatiya Party have taken side Raushon Ershad as their ‘guardian’ in the party and want curtailing the supreme authority of GM Quader inside the part, the sources added.

Amid the party deadlock, opposition leader Raushon Ershad and deputy leader of the opposition GM Quader on Tuesday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed various issues, including Jatiya Party.

Jatiya Party sources said the party’s two top leaders during their meeting with the Prime Minister expressed their desire to field candidates for the upcoming by-elections in the parliamentary seats which have fallen vacant following resignation of BNP lawmakers.