Vol. 5 Num 263 Tue. February 22, 2005  
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JP to witness further split

The expelled presidium member of Jatiya Party (JP), Sardar Amzad Hossain, yesterday called a special council of the party on February 24 to decide about formation of a new JP faction.

"We'll either form a new JP faction or join the Awami League-led 14-party to accelerate people's movement. Councillors will decide everything," Amzad told a press conference at a city restaurant.

Amzad called the council as their four-point demand was ignored, he said.

The demands include withdrawal of Amzad's expulsion orders, removal of JP Secretary General Ruhul Amin Hawladar and introducing democratic practice in the party.

"Front-line JP leaders who have been deprived of privileges for long will join the council from across the country," Amzad said.

He claimed JP Chairman HM Ershad, influenced by Ruhul Amin, formed the party's Rajshahi district and city unit committees "illegally with fake and hired councillors" in December last year.

"The committees were formed without mainstream JP leaders of Rajshahi; similar incidents have happened elsewhere," said Amzad.

Advocate Ekramur Rasul, former Rajshahi Bar president and convenor of JP Coordinating Committee, Sayed Zamal Uddin, Israfil Hossain, Abdul Aziz Mollah, Azharul Haque were present among other senior leaders of the city and upazila units.