Dhaka – The tussle over the top leadership of the Jatiyo Party has apparently been halted as Raushan Ershad, the widow of former president Hussain Muhammad Ershad, was made the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
Ghulam Muhammad Quader, younger brother of Ershad, remained the chairman of the party founded by the former military dictator who captured state power after a bloodless coup in 1982. Ershad died in July 2019 over old age complications.
Parliamentary speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Monday acknowledged Raushan, who is also the co-chair of the Jatiyo Party, as leader of the opposition in parliament.
Quader was made the deputy leader of opposition in the House, according to a gazette notification issued by the parliament secretariat on Sunday.
The gazette was published in line with a request sent to the Speaker by Quader requesting Raushan as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and himself to be the deputy.
According to the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Remuneration and Privileges) Ordinance 1979, the Leader of the Opposition will enjoy the benefits as a minister while the deputy leader will be at the rank of a state minister.