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18 August, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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Ctg JP readies for councils in Sept

ANWAR HUSSAIN, Ctg
Ctg JP readies for councils in Sept

The incumbent convening body of the Chittagong city chapter of the Jatiya Party will be upgraded to a full-fledged one in the upcoming council, which is likely to be held in the first week of September. Earlier, the council, which was scheduled for June 14, had to be postponed after JP Chairman, Hussain Muhammad Ershad, suddenly developed health problems. When contacted, Mahjabin Morshed MP, convener of JP Chittagong city chapter said, “We could not hold our scheduled council since our party Chairman, HM Ershad, suddenly developed knee problems. However, we are now all set for holding the council in September. The forthcoming council of the city chapter is likely to be held at the GEC Convention Centre in the city.
Our party chief will attend the council as chief guest, while other top brass of the party, including Secretary General, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, and Presidium Member, Anisul Islam Mahmud will also be present.”  Meanwhile, there is widespread speculation that the city chapter council could not be held due to internal feud in the party. The internal dispute in the party came to the fore when Solaiman Alam Seth, the previous city unit President and Presidium Member, sent a letter to Ershad requesting for postponing the councils.
Seth confirmed to The Independent that a letter was sent to Ershad for postponing the council scheduled to be held on July 14. “On June 7, I had sent a letter to our party Chairman for postponing the council. I had also requested the party chief to send an inspection team to the city,” said Seth. Asked about the reason for sending the letter to postpone council, Seth said, “The city convening committee headed by Morshed was supposed to form full-fledged committee within three months. However, she failed miserably in this respect.”
Replying to the allegation, Yakub Hossain, Member Secretary of JP Chittagong city chapter said, “We have already made all necessary preparation to make the council a success. As part of it, we are in the process of holding councils in the 41 ward committees under 15 thana units of the organisation.” “We have already held councils in 25 ward units and the rest will be completed by September. As per the constitution of the organisation, the convening committee will be upgraded to a 101-member committee. By holding the council, we will prove that Chittagong is a stronghold of the Jatiya Party,” added Yakub. It may be noted that the city chapter of the JP is riven by internal feud and factionalism. Seth heads one faction, while the other camp is led by Morshed. The internal feud in the city chapter resurfaced when the city unit committee led by Seth was dissolved on June 5 last year and Morshed was made convener of the 137-member convening committee. From then on, the Morshed-led faction, which was sidelined in the city unit for a long time, began its turnaround.
The winds of change began to blow with the change of JP Secretary General. Morshed became politically active and strong after Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu took over as Secretary General. Subsequently, Seth was sidelined and took a backseat in the city unit’s politics.  
Party insiders say that the squabble between Seth and Morshed over the upcoming city chapter council became evident once again as both are trying to accommodate their favourites in the committees. Taking a swipe at her rival, Morshed said that Seth has no notable political achievements. “Seth in his tenure did not value the dedicated, energetic and bonafide leaders and activists. He even failed to unite the new blood and the old guards in the party.  Therefore, Seth tried to thwart the upcoming councils by sending the letter to the party chief,” alleged Morshed. Referring to the withdrawal of Seth’s expulsion from the party, Morshed  said that he was not supposed to meddle in any affair of the city chapter of the organisation.
Party insiders said that Seth was expelled on July 28, 2014 allegedly for breaching discipline. Even his primary membership was cancelled. After his written prayer to the party high command, the expulsion order was, however, withdrawn on March 3 this year on three specific conditions – running organisational activities as Presidium Member in accordance with the wishes of the party high command, not intervening in any organisational activity of the existing Chittagong south, north and city chapters and not contesting in any national or local election without the consent of the central leadership. Morshed claimed that Seth violated the two conditions by meddling in organisational activity of the city chapter and by contesting in the mayoral elections held on April 28.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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