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Mujibul Haque Chunnu new JP Secretary General

Top party leaders in conflict over the decision

Published : Sunday, 10 October, 2021 at 12:00 AM  Count : 175

Mujibul Haque Chunnu has been made the new Secretary General of the Jatiya Party (JP), replacing the party's late secretary general Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu.
Chunnu, co-chairman of JP, was declared Secretary General by party Chairman Golam Mohammad (GM) Quader on Saturday.
JP Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu died on October 2 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the capital.
There has been division and tension among the top leaders of Jatiya Party over the post of Secretary General after the post became vacant after Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu's death.
Bablu was first appointed Secretary General in 2014 by the then party Chairman HM Ershad, but was removed from the post in 2016.
Last year, current Chairman GM Quader made Bablu Secretary General again after removing Moshiur Rahman Ranga from the post.
JP insiders said many senior leaders were interested for the post but the top leadership wanted to set to the post someone relatively young, who has a good image inside and outside parliament.
Sources in JP further said the party high-ups were considering Additional Secretary General and JP lawmaker (Gaibandha-1) Shameem Haider Patwari for the post of Secretary General.
After the news spread inside the party, some senior leaders held a meeting with party Co-chairman Kazi Firoz Rashid on last Monday.
They expressed outrage over the move to appoint Patwari as the Secretary General, said a JP leader present at the meeting.
Preferring to remain anonymous, the JP leader said senior leaders at the meeting spoke in favour of appointing one of them to the post of Secretary General.
JP Co-Chairmen ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader, Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Syed Abu Hossain Babla, Additional Secretary General Shahidur Rahman, Presidium Member Shafiqul Islam and Advisory Council Member Zahirul Alam were among those present at the meeting.
"Many senior leaders came to my office after the news spread that Shameem Haider Patwari may be made Secretary General of the party. They expressed their disappointment and anger," Firoz Rashid told different media on Monday.
According to party sources, two former secretaries general Ruhul Amin Hawlader and Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Syed Abu Hossain Babla, lawmaker from Dhaka-4 (Shyampur-Demra), Additional Secretary General Shahidur Rahman and Shameem Haider Patwari are interested to become the Secretary General of JP, now the main opposition in parliament.
JP Chairman GM Quader told different media on Monday that the post of Secretary General is an administrative post in the party and according to the JP's constitution, it is below the post of chief patron and Co-Chairman of the party.
"I don't understand why the co-chairmen of the party are so desirous for this position," said a JP leader.
Party sources said Shameem has drawn attention for his active participation and knowledgeable speeches inside and outside parliament on various issues.
"Young voters may be attracted to Jatiya Party if he is made the Secretary General. The party's image may also improve as he is a clean-image politician," said a JP Presidium Member.
Considering these aspects, the JP high-ups are thinking of making him Secretary General, the JP leader said wishing not to be named.
JP Chairman GM Quader said according to Article 20/1 (1) A of the party's constitution, the Chairman has the power to appoint anyone to the post of Secretary General and finally Chunnu has been declared the Secretary General.

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