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Raushon refuses to accept GM Quader as party chairman

Published: July 23, 2019 21:04:08 | Updated: July 29, 2019 19:57:30


Jatiya Party Senior Co-Chairman Raushon Ershad has refused to accept GM Quader as chairman of the party following the death of founder HM Ershad.

Ershad named his brother Quader acting chairman and his heir in the party before his death on July 14.

Secretary General Mashiur Rahman Ranga announced Quader chairman five days ago, according to bdnews24.com.

But all the presidium members were not consulted with prior to Ranga’s announcement, Ershad’s wife Raushon said in a statement, citing the party’s constitution, on Tuesday.

Quader said he saw Raushon’s statement, but declined to make any remark.

Raushon’s conflict with Quader over the control and future leadership of the party sprang out in the open on several occasions when Ershad was alive.

Ershad became the leader of the official opposition in parliament and took Quader as his deputy following the elections about seven months ago, but replaced him with Raushon after weeks.

Raushon’s followers had foiled several attempts by Ershad to install Quader as the future leader of the party.

They stopped joining in party activities after Ershad named Quader acting chairman in April, citing illness.

Accompanied by Ershad’s eldest son Rahgir Al Mahi Shad Ershad, Quader went to Raushon’s home at Gulshan-2 on Saturday, Jatiya Party Press Secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy told the media.

The visit sparked speculations that the long-standing conflict in the party has ended, but Raushon’s statement pours cold water on them.

WHAT’S IN RAUSHON’S STATEMENT

Raushon said she learned from the media about the announcement on Quader being named as party chairman.

“It was never discussed in an appropriate forum,” she said.

The acting chairman can apply the power bestowed on them by Article 20 (2) of the party constitution which says—‘selected acting chairman will perform their duties following the opinion of majority of the presidium members’, according to her statement.

“It is my hope that the incumbent acting chairman will perform his duties until the next chairman is elected in line with the party constitution,” Raushon said.

Many of the senior leaders in the party agree with Raushon, the statement said, which named seven presidium members and two MPs.

They are — presidium members Anisul Islam Mahmud, Fakhrul Imam, Salim Osman, Nasreen Jahan Ratna, Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury, Mir Abdus Sabur Asud and Delwar Hossain, and MPs Leakoat Hossain Khoka and Rowshan Ara Mannan. 

Raushon did not respond when the aforementioned news agency tried to reach her for comments.

“Madam Raushon Ershad wrote the letter and many of us signed it,” said Presidium Member Mir Abdus Sabur.

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