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Raushan faction writes to EC seeking recognition

  • Quader and Chunnu relieved from their posts by unanimous consent, reads the letter
  • ‘A national conference will be convened soon’
  •  Raushan fired GM Quader as JaPa chairman on Sunday
Update : 29 Jan 2024, 11:31 PM

The newly appointed secretary general of the Jatiya Party (Raushan faction) has written to Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal regarding the assumption of responsibility of the new chairman of the party and the committee.

Party Chairman GM Quader and Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu were relieved of their positions by unanimous consent in that meeting, says the letter, handed over by Kazi Md Mamunur Rashid,on Monday.

The letter says that Raushan Ershad, one of the founders of the Jatiya Party and the leader of the opposition in the 11th parliament, held an emergency extended meeting with the leaders and activists of the party at all levels in Gulshan on Sunday.

"In response to the demands of the leaders present in the meeting, amid loud cheers and applause, Raushan Ershad took over as chairman of the party under the structural authority of the party. Then the chairman appointed Kazi Md Mamunur Rashid as secretary general of the party for an interim period (till the next conference).”

The letter also says that the party chairman and the secretary general will manage the office activities of JaPa. “I request that all necessary measures be taken in this regard,” the letter adds. 

The letter also mentions that a national conference will be convened soon.

Kazi Lutful Kabir, special assistant to the new secretary general, said in a press release that the letter was handed over to the EC.

Chunnu on Monday said that Raushan Ershad is being used by a vested quarter to serve its nefarious interests.

On Sunday, he said that the Japa is not bothered by “the baseless move” taken by Raushan Ershad as “she has no authority to make such decisions”.

A real opposition

Chunnu on Monday said the opportunity has come to prove that his party is really an opposition party. 

“There was criticism among people that JaPa was domesticated. We will play a role in parliament and outside parliament in the future so that these words are no longer used. I will work to get acceptance from people. Now, this opportunity has come,” said the JaPa secretary general. 

“We are the opposition party in parliament, which has come to the attention of the Speaker. It will be mentioned in the proceedings of parliament. We thank the Speaker for this decision. The number is not big. Who are the opposition in the parliament is the real matter,” said Chunnu. 

He also said that the Jatiya Party under the leadership of GM Quader and Anisul Islam can play the role of the opposition in parliament. 

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