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Raushon’s return triggers new polarisation

Published : 29 Nov 2022 11:35 AM

With the return of the main opposition leader in the National Parliament, Raushan Ershad, also the chief patron of the Jatiya Party, the Jatiya Party, and also the entire country, is likely to witness a new polarization in overall politics.

The possibility of the new polarization in politics was created when Raushan Ershad, also the 1st wife of Jatiya Party founder late President HM Ershad, hinted about the unity of all the present and former leaders of the Jatiya Party.

Immediately after her arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Sunday from Bangkok, the main opposition leader said that she would sit with all of her party leaders to resolve their intra-party problems.

Jatiya Party leaders ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, Kazi Firoz Rashid MP, Syed Abu Hossain Babla MP, Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga, Prof Delwar Hossain, Sunil Shuvo Ray and Golam Moshi, among others, were present at the airport to welcome the Opposition Leader.

Besides, she said that she would also sit with those former leaders, who earlier left the Jatiya Party at different times and formed new parties with new names.

Talking to journalists, Raushan Ershad mentioned the names of Anwar Hossain Manju, late Naziur Rahman Manzur and late Kazi Jafar Ahmed, who formed three separate parties after leaving the Jatiya Party.

Raushan Ershad returned home from Bangkok on Sunday noon after around five months. She had been undergoing treatment there at a hospital.

In her absence, Jatiya Party chairman GM Quader, who is also the younger brother of Jatiya Party founder and former President HM Ershad, had been trying to exclude Raushan Ershad from the party. This type of attempt of GM Quader, put the Jatiya Party into another crisis due to its internal feuds. GM Quader also had expelled many of the party leaders, who are loyal to Raushan Ershad.

Not only that, under the leadership of GM Quader, the Jatiya Party, which always had been in support of the government and its democratic system, was trying to form an alliance with the BNP leaving its earlier stance.

The incidents happened in the absence of Raushan Ershad. But, the situation now seems changed after the return of Raushan Ershad, Immediately after her arrival at the airport in Dhaka, she outright rejected the possibilities of alliance with BNP saying that there is no question of any alliance with BNP.

Raushan also mentioned that her party had to suffer a lot due to oppression by the BNP. 

While talking to journalists, Raushan Ershad called for keeping the party united removing misunderstandings through discussions.

She said “I always want the unity of the Jatiya Party and there is no question of splitting the party”.

“I have returned to Dhaka and I will sit with all MPs, presidium members, and others to remove confusion and misunderstanding. I am sure, we’ll be able to eliminate the misunderstandings and return to the political programme unitedly soon,” Raushan said.

The leader of the opposition called upon those who left Jatiya Party at different times with Anwar Hossain Manju, Naziur Rahman Manzur and Kazi Jafar Ahmed to return to the party.

“We must give due recognition to those who were with us during the difficult and adverse times of the Jatiya Party from 1991 to 1996,” she said.

Asked whether the Jatiya Party will be in alliance with the Awami League in the 12th parliamentary election, Raushon parried the question saying, “Time will tell”.

When GM Quader expelled many of the leaders from the Jatiya Party taking advantage of the absence of Raushan Ershad, a Dhaka court ordered restrictions on his party activities. 

Therefore, GM Quader now is ineligible to take part in any activity of the party.