Jatiya Party chairman Ghulam Muhammed Quader on Sunday removed the party secretary general Mashiur Rahman Ranga and replaced him with Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu executing the party chairman’s sole power of taking any decision without consulting anybody as stipulated in its charter.
The former secretary general of the party, Bablu, was selected a co-chairman in JP’s last council session held in December where Ranga was elected the secretary general uncontested.
Ranga’s current status in the party had not been clarified.
‘I have not yet officially informed about my removal and don’t even know my position in the party,’ Ranga told New Age on Sunday.
‘I don’t have any rivalry with the chairman and did not even give any objection in formation of the 600-member central committee as per his choice though the party charter limits number of 301-member in the central committee,’ Ranga said.
‘I was the secretary general of the committees formed by Madam Rawshan Ershad and GM Quader and played important role to minimize their rift arose ahead of the council. I still want to work for the unity of the party under the leadership of the chairman though I believe the decision might have impact among the activists in the party,’ Ranga said.
Ziauddin Bablu, who served secretary general in 2014-2016 session, said the change in the position of the secretary general was not a result of any rift in the party but was made by the chairman to make the party more functional.
Several leaders of the party preferring anonymity, however, claimed that a rift developed between Quader and Ranga in question of formation of the central committee as the chairman solely selected all the candidates at the central and district committees ignoring all recommendations of the secretary general.
Ranga was disappointed by the ‘undemocratic’ moves of the party chair and he often angrily reacted to the decisions, said the activists.
The chairman, they said, trusted Bablu, happened to be his relative.
GM Quader or Rawshan Ershad could not be reached for comments.
But, the central committee and regional leaders like Asif Shahriar, also a nephew to Quader and a former member of parliament from Rangpur, said that the rift in the leadership would weaken JP even in Rangpur.
JP founder HM Ershad’s former wife Bidisha Siddiqui claimed that a section of party activists approached her to be active in JP politics as the party was losing importance in the national politics created for the leadership crisis after the death of Ershad.
‘I can’t ignore their requests and so decided to be active in politics,’ Bidisha said.
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