Dhaka, Bangladesh
JCD council after court order

JCD council after court order

BNP facing leadership crisis, says Quader

News Desk Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) will hold its council after the settlement of a legal battle in the court. Shamsuzzaman Dudu, an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, made the comments on Saturday amid frustration of the JCD leaders and activists over the court's injunction on the council. Dudu, a former JCD president, is in charge of the Appellate Committee for organising the council. After dissolving its previous committee, the JCD council had been scheduled to be held on Saturday. But two days ago, a lower court issued an injunction on the JCD council in response to an appeal. On Friday, former student leaders met with lawyers, including members of the BNP's policymaking body, the National Standing Committee, to decide what to do after the court's order. The meeting decided to move the High Court seeking a review of the lower court's order. When Dudu was speaking to media about the meeting and their plan on the council, several hundred JCD leaders and activists raised slogans in front of the organisation's office and the BNP headquarters in Dhaka's Naya Paltan demanding release of Khaleda from jail. Meanwhile Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said the council of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has been postponed due to BNP's leadership crisis. He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at a discussion and doa mahfil progamme organised by Dhaka South Jubo League, making the birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Asked about the allegation of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir that the JCD council was postponed due to government interference, he said," The council has been suspended due to a case filed by some JCD leaders. Neither the government nor Awami League is responsible for it." BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday termed 'unprecedented' the court injunction on holding the council of their party's student body JCD. "The current government has introduced a new political culture of regulating politics through court. It's a very dangerous culture, I think," he said.

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