Jatiya Party’s district- and upazila-level leaders came down heavily on the party leadership for what they said their demoralised politics and corruption while forming party committees and giving nominations for elections.
In presence of JP acting chairman GM Quader and secretary-general Mashiur Rahman Ranga, upazila and district-level leaders from Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions at a programme on Monday said that the JP leadership had made the party over-dependent on the ruling Awami League in their own interest.
At the mercy of the ruling party, 22 JP leaders became MPs sacrificing the interest of the party and its workers, they said.
Awami League activists, they said, also persecuted those JP leaders during the national election who did not get their blessings and forcibly took ‘all the seats’ in the recently held upazila parishad elections, too.
As a result, though the JP fielded candidates in all the 491 upazilas it got only three chairmen posts in Tarail, Pirganj and Bochaganj.
They said that they felt hopeless about the future of the party’s politics, unless the central leaders changed themselves and worked in the interest of the party – not for the AL.
This was for the first time after the 11th general elections the JP organised a four-day workers meeting at a community centre in the capital with the objective to receive suggestions from grassroots activists to set future strategies for the party.
Root-level leaders from Dhaka, Tangail, Narayanganj, Manikganj, Narsingdi, Madaripur, Rajbari, Sherpur, Jamalpur and Netrakona attended the event and expressed their frustrations regarding the party leadership and conveyed their expectations.
Talking about the corruption in the JP during the nomination processes for the national election, Rajbari JP convenor Habibur Rahman Bachchu claimed that a JP central leader demanded Tk 50,00,000 from him just for giving him nomination.
‘But I know that the candidate who got the nomination from our party rather took Tk 7,00,000 from the AL candidate and refrained from continuing his own campaign,’ he said.
Bachchu was not allowed to continue his speech, said leaders and activists present at the meeting.
JP Sherpur Sadar upazila unit president Ilias Uddin said, ‘I want to know, under the seat-sharing arrangement with the AL, why the number of constituencies for the JP to contest dropped from 46 to only 22,’ adding, ‘ Which of the leaders appropriated benefits by depriving their colleagues?’
JP Siddhirganj upazila unit president Abu Jaher questioned the transparency in the formation of various committees in the JP. ‘We just get surprised seeing the committees but don’t understand how those were constituted,’ he said.
JP’s Dhaka city north vice-president Jahangir Alam said that the party top brass had no ethics and plans regarding the party.
Mashiur Rahman Ranga said that the AL betrayed with them and threatened them with imprisonment when they wanted to protest against any injustice.
‘Just give us the time to organise the party in the next four years and see what happens,’ he said.
GM Qauder assured of running the party transparently in accordance with its constitution.
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