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GM Quader meeting with Indian diplomat

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Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader held a meeting with an Indian diplomat. The meeting was held on Wednesday from 12:25 PM to 1:30 PM.

A Jatiya Party source confirmed the meeting and said GM Quader had a courtesy call on Indian High Commission Minister (Consular and Education) Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri at his Baridhara residence. The upcoming 12th National Parliament elections were discussed in the meeting.

Chairman GM Quader has a new conflict with the party’s main sponsor Roshan Ershad over the nomination of Jatiya Party in the election. Roshan met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last Tuesday and requested the Awami League president not to make any political alliance with GM Quaderpanthi leaders.

Roshan claimed that the GM took over the leadership of the team by queuing.

Jatiya Party Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu told reporters on Wednesday morning that Roshan Ershad is the main sponsor of Jatiya Party, he does not hold any party position.

Jatiya Party, the main opposition party in the parliament, announced its candidates for 287 seats on November 27. This time, Chairman GM Quader got the party’s nomination from Dhaka-17 and Rangpur-3, two constituencies of Jatiya Party founder late Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

After Ershad’s death, his son Rahgir Almahi Saad Ershad won the by-election in Rangpur-3 constituency in October 2019 and became a member of parliament. It was assumed that this time too he will be nominated for this seat. Mymensingh-4 seat was kept vacant for chief patron Roshan Ershad. But Roshan Ershad and Saad Ershad refused to vote for the preferred seat.

District National Party General Secretary Abu Musa Sarkar has been nominated for Mymensingh-4 seat as Roshan did not appear in the election.

For the past few days, Jatiya Party Chairman GM Kader’s pro-Roshan leaders have been at loggerheads over party nominations. Leaders of a section of the Jatiya Party complained that leaders and workers known to be pro-Roshan in the party were not nominated in the election this time. The former general secretary of the party Mashiur Rahman Ranga has always contested for the Jatiya Party from Rangpur-1 seat. This leader, who is known as Roshan panthi, did not get the nomination this time. HM Shahriar Asif has been nominated in his place.

Apart from being the main sponsor of the Jatiya Party, Roshan is also the main opposition leader in the Jatiya Sangsad. She is the wife of Jatiya Party founder late Hussain Mohammad Ershad. He is considered to have considerable influence in a section of the party.

Infighting in the National Party is not new. After Ershad’s death in 2019, his younger brother GM Quader became the leader of Jatiya Party. Roshan was opposing this decision from the beginning. Both announced themselves as party chairmen. Later, GM Quader was made the chairman and Roshan Ershad the leader of the opposition through compromise.

Then in 2022, this internal dispute of the party came to light again. At that time, one of the reasons for the conflict between these two parties was based on whether or not to be in alliance with Awami League. The demand of the GM cadres was to withdraw from the grand alliance and participate in the elections with BNP or separately. On the other hand, the Roshan supporters wanted to remain in the Grand Alliance.

At one stage, Roshan Ershad called the central conference while undergoing treatment in Thailand in August of that year. At that time several leaders close to Roshan were expelled from the party by Chairman GM Quader.

Several cases were also filed challenging GM Quader’s chairmanship. In the beginning, the court imposed restrictions on GM Quader’s political activities. However, GM Quader got back the chairmanship after the High Court verdict.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal announced the schedule of the 12th National Assembly elections on November 15. According to the schedule, the vote will be held on January 7.


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