Jatiya Party will run according to the decisions of the party chairman HM Ershad until his death, said his younger brother GM Quader at Ershad’s Banani office on Sunday, the day after he got the fresh appointment as acting party chairman.
‘Because of his illness Pallibandhu Ershad cannot carry out the responsibilities of the party, resulting in stagnancy in the party. Which is why I have been appointed the acting chairman,’ explained Quader after he was promoted from co-chairman of the party to its acting chairman on Saturday night.
‘He announced the decision at a press conference at his residence to avoid any possible confusion regarding the leadership in his absence. It fulfilled the demands from the workers of the party. ... Still, he will take the decisions till he is alive,’ Quader said.
Calling a sudden press conference at his Baridhara residence on Saturday at 11pm, the former military dictator announced the new surprise decision of making his younger brother the acting party chairman superseding his wife Rawshan Ershad, who is the senior co-chairperson of the party.
She, however, still remains Ershad’s deputy in the parliament.
This is for the sixth time Ershad, known for frequently changing his decisions, changed Quader’s position in the party and in the parliament in the past four months by issuing organisational orders exercising his sole authority to take any decision without consulting anybody.
About Ershad’s frequent changes of decisions, Quader told the press on Sunday that his critics might say so many things about him ‘but he takes the decisions in the interest of the party exercising the power that the party has vested on him in the council’.
‘Organising the next party council and making JP an effective opposition party would be my next challenge,’ said Quader, claiming that most of the party senior leaders had congratulated him over telephone on his getting new position.
None of the senior party leaders was present at the press conference.
Some of them, however, told New Age requesting anonymity that ‘midnight decisions do not give good results and more such decisions might follow soon.’
They also said that they would issue formal statements. Some other senior leaders, including presidium member Kazi Firoz Rashid, termed the practice as JP’s tradition.
‘It’s his party and we have nothing to comment on his decisions. This is how the party has been functioning for years,’ Rashid said.
Ershad’s special assistant and presidium member ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader and another presidium member Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu refused to comment.
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