Jatiya Party councillors are expected to approve the party’s presidium decision of selecting Rawshan Ershad as chief patron, GM Quader chairman and Mashiur Rahman Ranga as secretary general in their ninth national council session today.
Following the presidium meeting held on Friday at the party chairman’s Banani office, the incumbent secretary general Mashiur Rahman Ranga told press that the party founder HM Ershad’s widow Rawshan would be honoured in the party as its chief patron till her death.
‘It will be considered as the top position in the party by amending its charter and the amendment will be cancelled after her death,’ Mashiur said adding that Ershad’s ‘competent younger brother GM Quader would continue his post as chairman for the next three years.’
For making the party functioning more democratic way, he said that presidium members decided to amend the party charter and create new posts.
‘There would be a senior co-chairman, six co-chairmen and eight additional secretaries general for each of the eight divisions,’ he said.
From now on, he said, the chairman will make decisions consulting with the co-chairmen.
The presidium members gave Quader responsibility to select his colleagues and making required amendments in the charter for their approvals in the council session this morning at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh premises in the capital, the leaders said.
They said that 8,000 councillors from 76 district unit committees would approve a 299-member central committee where the number of presidium members, which at present was 54, would be decreased.
The influential presidium members and leaders held meeting with Quader and decided Ranga to continue as secretary general, presidium member Syed Abu Hossain Babla told New Age.
The party presidium also decided that Anisul Islam Mahmud would be the senior co-chairman and other six co-chairmen would be ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Syed Abu Hossain Babla, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu and retired lieutenant general Masud uddin Chowdhury.
The ninth council session, he said, deserves special mention as it will be the first session after the death of the party’s founding chairman HM Ershad on July 14.
The eighth council session of the party was held in 2016 and it elected Ershad chairman and ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader secretary general unopposed.
But, the post of the secretary general was changed several times in the past three years upon Ersdhad’s organisational orders by exercising the party chairman’s special power of taking any unilateral decision as stipulated in the section 20/1 KA of the party charter, the leaders said.
Exercising the same power, Ershad in April declared his younger brother GM Quader as his successor though the decision faced challenge by his widow and her followers in the party.
The rift between Rawshan and Quader surfaced again ahead of the council session as several party MPs and also presidium members including Mujibul Haque Chunnu and Fakhrul Imam, told press that Rawshan had expressed desire to be the party chairperson and wanted to make her brother in law, Quader, executive chairman.
On Tuesday, a High Court Division bench asked the chief election commissioner and Jatiya Party chairman GM Quader to explain in four weeks the legality of the process of appointing Quader as the party chairman after hearing a writ petition filed by the party’s central committee member Jahir Uddin.
Followers of Rawshan and GM Quader, however in September, reached an agreement that Rawshan would be the leader of the opposition while Quader would be the party chairman.
Ahead of the ninth council session, the party leaders were trying to neutralise the rift between Rawshan and Quader by accommodating influential followers in the positions of co-chairmen, presidium members, additional secretaries general and other posts.
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