Jatiya Party chief Ershad removed as PM’s special envoy
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina terminated the Jatiya Party chief’s appointment as her special envoy on Jan 7, the Cabinet Division communicated in an order on Friday. The Jatiya Party became the opposition in parliament with its leaders in the government as well after the 2014 general election boycotted by the BNP. Criticised for its failure to hold the government to account in parliament, the Jatiya Party was derided as a “domesticated opposition” by the BNP. Hasina has not kept anyone from the Jatiya Party and other allies of the Awami League in her new cabinet sworn in on Jan 7. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Thursday ratified Ershad as the leader of the official opposition in parliament and his brother and Jatiya Party Co-Chairman GM Quader as deputy leader of the official opposition.