Buoyed by the party’s apparent ‘success’ in the ongoing anti-government street protests, opposition BNP is now planning to begin a ‘simultaneous’ movement with most opposition parties at the end of this year. Jatiya Party led by GM Quader is a major target to bring it under its election-time political alliance. BNP insiders say the main and initial objective of their planned movement is to force the Awami League government to step down by restoring the caretaker government. They say their many other demands, including withdrawing cases against political leaders, unconditional freedom for Khaleda Zia and formation of a new neutral Election Commission, will easily be realised if the current government steps down and hands over power to a neutral administration. The party has already finalised the draft of a set of demands for waging the ‘simultaneous movement’ along with other parties and platforms with outcome from its discussions during the first round of political dialogue. Also read: GM Quader expresses doubt about inclusive election After weeks of street demonstrations in Dhaka and outside, BNP has begun its second round of dialogue with like-minded political parties.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today (October 03, 2022) said the planned “coinciding” movements by political parties to oust the current government of Bangladesh will be “under the leadership” of Khaleda Zia. He said, “We have taken united steps (to hold coinciding movements) …We have already announced the (top) leader of our movement. Begum Khaleda Zia is our leader. In her absence, our acting chairman Tarique Rahman is our leader,” he said. Fakhrul made the remarks while talking to reporters after a dialogue with Jatiya Party (Kazi Zafar), a partner of the 20-party alliance, at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office. Also read: BNP determined to build non-communal Bangladesh: Fakhrul He said they will start the simultaneous movement after completing the second round of dialogue with all the opposition parties. The party began its second phase of talks with the first meeting with Kalyan Party on Sunday. The BNP Secretary General sat for dialogue with Jatiya Party (Kazi Zafar) on Monday with a goal to finalise the demands and issues that will be highlighted in the movement. A nine-member delegation of the Jatiya Party, led by its chairman Mostafa Jamal Haider, joined the talks with Mirza Fakhrul and Nazrul Islam Khan, a standing committee member of BNP and 20-party coordinator. Also read: Anti-govt Movement: BNP initiates 2nd phase of talks Earlier, BNP had discussions with 23 parties during its first phase of talks that began on May 24 to work out the outline for launching a united movement to 'restore' democracy and people’s voting rights in Bangladesh.
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader met European Union Ambassador to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley on Sunday morning. The EU envoy invited Quader for breakfast meeting at his residence in the city’s Gulshan, according to a press release. Meanwhile, the EU Ambassador tweeted, "European Union (EU) Heads of mission are continuing their regular meetings with political parties to gain insights into the outlook in Bangladesh. Today, together with HOMs of Sweden and Denmark, we met GM Quader, Chairman of the Jatiya Party for a wide-ranging exchange.” Ambassadors of Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway and France in Dhaka were present at the meeting.
Jatiya Party (JP) has removed Ziaul Haque Mridha, lawmaker from Brahmanbaria-2, from all his posts in the organisation, including that of the advisor to the chairman, amid infighting. Party Chairman GM Quader took the decision by exercising his power given by the party constitution, said a press release Saturday. The order has already been implemented, it added. Jatiya Party Wednesday relieved lawmaker Mashiur Rahaman Ranga from all party posts, including that of the presidium member. The removals came at a time when a conflict between the GM Quader and Raushon Ershad has surfaced recently over the control of the party ahead of the next general election. Read: Jatiya Party relieves Ranga from all party posts On August 31 last, Raushon, Jatiya Party chief patron and leader of the opposition in parliament, suddenly convened the party's national council for November 26. A day later, Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party wrote to Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury requesting her to make Quader the leader of the opposition, dropping Raushon. In a statement on September 2, GM Quader said a third party was trying to implement an agenda by using the name of Raushon. On December 3, 2018, then Jatiya Party Chairman and founder HM Ershad appointed Ranga its secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Hawlader. After Ershad's death, current party chairman GM Quader made party co-chairman Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu its secretary general, removing Ranga from the post on July 26, 2020. As Bablu passed away, party co-chairman Mujibul Haque Chunnu was appointed as Jatiya Party’s secretary general on October 10 last year.
Jatiya Party (JP) chairman and deputy leader of the opposition GM Quader has said that his party won’t join any alliance in the next national election. Quader said this while speaking as chief guest at a conference of the Hindu Grand Alliance, held at the Mahanagar Natyamanch on Friday noon. “JP didn’t have any alliance with the Awami League (AL) in the previous election. We just had a polls-time understanding over some seats. Activists of both parties had worked for each other due to the understanding. I would rather say that JP and AL have friendly ties,” said Quader. Quader added that voters don’t want Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to be used in the next general election. “EVM is a machine for stealing votes. Anyone can be elected using this machine. We have been against it from the very start,” added Quader. Read: Jatiya Party relieves Ranga from all party posts The JP chairman also said that boycotting elections is a tough call to make. “We aren’t interested in boycotting the election. We’ll take decisions in this regard after analyzing the situation on the ground. We’ll decide whether we’ll join the polls or not after discussing the matter at the party forum,” said Quader, the younger brother of JP's founder, late H.M. Ershad. The conference was presided over by Dinbandhu Ray and moderated by Priyanka Sukul. Syed Abu Hossain Babla, co-chairman of JP and Sunil Shuvo Ray, presidium member of JP, among others, also spoke at the event.
Jatiya Party Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Wednesday said the Election Commission's roadmap for the 12th parliamentary election is valueless. He doubted that the Election Commission (EC) that has no power would be able to conduct a fair election. As per the law, Chunnu said, the executive branch of the country is supposed to work under the EC during the polls, but nothing is mentioned about what will happen if the executive branch does not listen to the commission. “So, the executive branch is not bound to obey the directives of the Election Commission,” the Jatiya Party leader said. He said their party wanted the Election Commission to be empowered by enacting a law so that the commission can take immediate action if anyone disobeys its order. “But the Election Commission does not want to be empowered.” Chunnu made the comments at the launching programme of an associate body of the Jatiya Party at its chairman’s Banani office. Earlier in the day, the EC unveiled a roadmap for the 12th parliamentary election at a function at the auditorium of the Nirbachan Bhaban. As per the roadmap, the general election will be held by January 29, 2024, using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in 150 constituencies out of 300 across the country. Chunnu said the Election Commission has been making contradictory comments since the beginning. “They’re saying that it's not their job to bring someone to the polls. Then why did you discuss so much with so many political parties? They said, if everyone wants, the election will be held through ballots. The ruling party wants the use of EVM. Then will the commission use EVMs ignoring the opinions of the majority of the parties?” He said the Election Commission has decided to buy 2 lakh more EVMs to conduct elections in 150 seats alongside constructing 10 warehouses in 10 regions of the country for EVM storage and maintenance. Read: Jatiya Party relieves Ranga from all party posts “For this, the Election Commission has prepared a budget of about Tk9, 000 crore. Such a decision is unacceptable amid the economic crisis of the country,” the Jatiya Party leader observed. Stating that the people of the country no longer want to see Awami League and BNP in power, he said the two major parties have failed to ensure good governance in the country. “People of the country want to see a third political force. Jatiya Party is trying to be that alternative force.” Chunnu said Jatiya Party will not be there in any alliance as it is preparing to participate in the election in all three hundred seats. “The Jatiya Party will not go to anyone else's alliance. If any political force wants to join us under the leadership of Jatiya Party, we will consider it.”
Jatiya Party has relieved lawmaker Mashiur Rahaman Ranga from all party posts, including that of the presidium member. Party chairman GM Quader took the decision by exercising his power given by the party constitution, said a party press release on Wednesdays. The press release, signed by Jatiya Party Joint Office Secretary Mahmud Alam, said the decision has already been implemented. Ranga, a former secretary general of the party, has still been there in the post of Opposition Chief Whip in Parliament. His removal came at a time when a conflict between the GM Quader and Raushon Ershad has surfaced recently over the control of the party ahead of the next general election. On August 31 last, Jatiya Party Chief Patron and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Raushon suddenly convened the party's national council for November 26. A day later, Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party wrote to Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury requesting her to make Quader the leader of the opposition, dropping Raushon. In a statement on September 2, GM Quader said a third party was trying to implement an agenda by using the name of Raushon. Read: Jatiya Party submits audit report to EC On December 3, 2018, then Jatiya Party Chairman and founder HM Ershad appointed Ranga its secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Hawlader. After Ershad’s death, current party chairman GM Quader made party co-chairman Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu its secretary general removing Moshiur Rahman Ranga from the post on July 26, 2020. As Bablu passed away, party co-chairman Mujibul Haque Chunnu was appointed as Jatiya Party’s secretary general on October 10 last year.
Police Wednesday recovered Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader's mobile phone eight days after it was snatched. The law enforcers also arrested five members of a gang – Azizul, Md Aziz, Md Ismail, Md Sanaullah and Subal Chandra Ghosh – in connection with the theft, Officer-in-Charge of Airport Police Station BM Farman Ali said. Read: It seems Bangladesh is paradise of mismanagement: GM Quader On August 31, GM Quader's phone was snatched while he was talking on the phone in his car in the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport area. Later a case was filed. During investigation, Azizul said he stole the phone and sold it to Ismail for Tk18,000. Ismail sold the phone to Sanaullah for Tk20,000 who then sold it to Subal for Tk22,000.
Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party on Thursday handed over a letter to Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury requesting her to recognise party chairman GM Quader as the leader of opposition in the Parliament. Currently, Raushan Ershad is the opposition leader who has been abroad for a long time for medical treatment with GM Quader as her deputy. A delegation of JP led by the party’s secretary general and a JP MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu submitted the letter to the Speaker at the latter’s office this evening. Also read: Parliament passes Public Debt bill by voice vote “Opposition leader is sick for a long time, so she is unable to come to the Parliament due to her sickness. The Parliamentary Party took the decision at a meeting where 23 out of 26 MPs were present and one MP telephoned his consent saying that he will sign the letter later,” Chunnu said. Earlier, the Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party at a meeting at its office at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban decided to make the change and send the decision to the Speaker, Chunnu said. Raushan is now under treatment at a hospital in Bangkok. Also read: Law minister introduces Evidence (Amendment) Bill in Parliament
Stating that constitutional dictatorship has been established in the country, Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Saturday alleged that practising democracy is not possible when all powers are there in one person’s hands. “Those who unfairly gave HM Ershad the title of dictator, they themselves established a dictatorship by amending the constitution. Awami League and BNP have repeatedly amended the constitution and established a constitutional dictatorship in the country,” he said. As all powers are in the hands of the prime minister, the Jatiya Party chief said whatever she says is now law. “It can never be a democracy and it cannot be a democratic practice.” Also read: EC makes itself questionable: GM Quader GM Quader, also the deputy opposition leader in parliament, came up with the remarks while speaking at the publication ceremony of a book titled "Chhotder Pallibandhu" written by Sunil Shubo Roy at the Banani office auditorium of the Jatiya Party Chairman. He said political opponents have spared many lies against Jatiya Party founder HM Ershad but they did not succeed. “Pallibandhu (Ershad) remains there in the hearts of the common people of the country. The political reality is now down with democracy and let dictatorship continue.” The Jatiya Party chief also said Ershad’s political opponents carried out many false campaigns against him to belittle him. “They falsely branded Pallibandhu as corrupt, but no cases were filed against him or any Jatiya Party leaders during the anti-corruption campaign of clean heart and another such a drive during the 1/11 political changeover.” He accused Awami League and BNP of indulging in corruption whenever they came to power since 1990. GM Quader said many cases were filed against the leaders of the two major parties on the charges of indulging in corruption by the 1/11 government, but the cases against Awami League leaders were dropped when the party came to power. “BNP could not withdraw the cases as it’s out of power.” Also read: Govt can’t evade responsibility for Momen’s comments: GM Quader He alleged that there is now no sector in the country where there is no corruption. “Corruption has entered every corner of the country.” The Jatiya Party chairman also alleged that Awami League and BNP have initiated politics of vengeance in the country since 1990.