Top grassroots JaPa leaders and activists from Nilphamari, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Panchagarh and Rangpur were present at the press conference
Jatiya Party members and leaders in eight districts of Rangpur division have threatened to quit the party unless GM Quader is reinstated as party co-chairman and deputy leader of the opposition in the parliament.
On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of Jatiya Party (JaPa) members convened at the party office in Rangpur city, where a press conference was held and the ultimatum issued.
Rangpur city Mayor Mostafizur Rahman Mostofa, also president of Rangpur city JaPa, said: “There is a conspiracy afoot in the Jatiya Party. Some people in the central committee are trying to manipulate Chairman HM Ershad to destroy the party. GM Quader is the most uncontroversial and dignified leader of our party. The irreverent manner of his dismissal is unacceptable to any registered member of the party. We have called this press conference to protect the party from imminent destruction at the hands of these conspirators.
“We do not agree with the chairman’s decision and demand the reinstatement of GM Quader to his party and parliamentary positions by April 5. Otherwise, all leaders and activists of Jatiya Party in Rangpur division will quit en masse.”
Top grassroots JaPa leaders and activists from Nilphamari, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Panchagarh and Rangpur were present at the press conference.
Rangpur is HM Ershad’s political base, and he was elected from the Rangpur-3 constituency in the 1991, 2014 and 2018 general elections. In 2001, GM Quader was also elected from the same constituency, although from a different party (Islami Jatiya Oikya Front).