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Discontent persist

JP charter may be reformed

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Jatiya Party Co-Chairman GM Quader has hinted at bringing reforms to the party's constitution.
The changes may address issues including the overarching powers of party chairman HM Ershad and the procedure of inducting members into its policy-making presidium, he told
The reform proposals will be discussed with Jatiya Party presidium members at its next national council, he said. In light of his deteriorating health, Jatiya Party chief Ershad had announced that the party's co- chairman GM Quader, also his brother, would lead the party in his absence. After emerging as the second largest bloc after the 11th national election, Ershad announced that his party would form the official opposition in parliament with him as leader. Ershad overlooked his wife Raushon Ershad, who headed the Jatiya Party as leader of the official opposition in the previous parliament. He has appointed his brother GM Quader as deputy leader of opposition. From entering the national polls as part of the     Grand Alliance, to engaging as the official parliament opposition and announcing himself its leader - all these decisions were made unilaterally by Ershad, which caused concerns within the party. The party's Senior Co-Chairman Raushon Ershad had previously been vocal about her concerns over Ershad's seemingly unlimited influence over party affairs and even went as far as labelling the former military ruler a 'dictator'. Irregularities in the process of appointing presidium members were also alleged by the party's Vice Chairman Alamgir Sikder Loton at its founding anniversary meeting held on Jan 1.

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