Ershad made Ruhul Amin Hawlader as party secretary general replacing Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu

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Dhaka, Jan 19: Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday made Ruhul Amin Hawlader secretary general removing Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu.

In a packed media briefing at the party office on Tuesday, he made the announcement, a day after Bablu declared Ershad’s wife and Leader of the Opposition Raushon as the acting chairperson of JP.

In a dramatic move on Sunday in Rangpur, Ershad made brother GM Quader as the co-chairperson and successor.

Ershad said he has the mandate in the party constitution to take such measures.

He said he took the decision regarding Bablu for “breaking party discipline” and “for the sake of party interest”.

The JP council will be held in April and the post of co-chairman will be passed at the party council, he said.

The announcement of Raushon as the acting chairperson came on Monday after a meeting of party MPs and Presidium members, who are known to be close with the ruling Awami League.

Within an hour, the former military dictator appeared in a press conference in Rangpur and dismissed the announcement as ‘totally illegal’. “I’m the party chairman. Only I have the mandate to call Presidium meeting; no-one else can do it.”

Amid a possible party split looming at large, Ershad cut short his five-day trip to Rangpur and returned Dhaka on Tuesday.

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