Jatiya Party’s senior co-chairperson Raushan Ershad was not included in the eight-member JP parliamentary board to nominate the party’s candidate in Rangpur-3 by-election.
JP chairman GM Quader and secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga have been made convener and member-secretary of the parliamentary board, according to a JP press release.
The parliamentary seat fell vacant following JP chairman HM Ershad’s demise on July 14.
Party insiders said exclusion of Raushan in the JP parliamentary board is another clear sign of growing division among the top leadership of the party.
Other members of the parliamentary board are: lawmakers Kazi Feroz Rashid, Golam Kibria Tipu, Shamim Haider Patwari and Lt Gen (retd) Masud Uddin Chowdhury; Sheikh Sirajul Islam; and Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury.
Nomination forms will be distributed from the party chief’s Banani office from today.
According to party insiders, the six nomination aspirants are: Ershad’s son Shad Ershad, his youngest brother Hussain Mohammad Morshed, nephew Asif Shahriar, JP’s Rangpur district unit president Fakaruzzaman Jahangir, its acting general secretary Abdur Razzak, and Rangpur city unit general secretary SM Yeashir.
The Rangpur-3 constituency (Sadar upazila) is considered the stronghold of JP, the main opposition in the parliament. Ershad won all elections he took part in from this seat, following the end of his military rule in 1990.