GM Quader
জি এম কাদের
Quader in 2023
7th Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
28 January 2024
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byRowshan Ershad
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
10 January 2024
Preceded byHussain Muhammad Ershad
ConstituencyRangpur-3
In office
7 January 2019 – 10 January 2024
Preceded byAbu Saleh Mohammad Sayeed
Succeeded byMotiar Rahman
ConstituencyLalmonirhat-3
In office
6 January 2009 – 9 January 2014
Preceded byAsadul Habib Dulu
Succeeded byAbu Saleh Mohammad Sayeed
ConstituencyLalmonirhat-3
In office
1 October 2001 – October 2006
Preceded byHussain Muhammad Ershad
Succeeded byHussain Muhammad Ershad
ConstituencyRangpur-3
In office
23 June 1996 – 15 July 2001
Preceded byMd. Riaz Uddin Ahmed
Succeeded byAsadul Habib Dulu
ConstituencyLalmonirhat-3
2nd Chairman of Jatiya Party
Assumed office
14 July 2019
LeaderGhulam Muhammed Quader
Preceded byHussain Muhammad Ershad
Succeeded byGhulam Muhammed Quader
Minister of Commerce
In office
6 December 2011 – 5 January 2014
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byFaruk Khan
Succeeded byTofail Ahmed
Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism
In office
6 January 2009 – 5 December 2011
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
Succeeded byFaruk Khan
Personal details
Born
Ghulam Muhammed Quader

(1948-02-24) 24 February 1948 (age 76)
Rangpur City, East Bengal, Pakistan
NationalityBangladeshi
Political partyJatiya Party (Ershad)
SpouseSharifa Quader
Relatives
Alma materBangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Websitegmquader.com

Ghulam Muhammed Quader (Bengali: গোলাম মোহাম্মদ কাদের; born 24 February 1948), better known as GM Quader, is a Bangladeshi politician and the 2nd chairperson of Jatiya Party[1] and Opposition Leader of Bangladesh Parliament.[1] He was the incumbent Jatiya Sangsad member from the Lalmonirhat-3 constituency.[2] He served as the Minister of Commerce and Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism from 2009 to 2014.

Early life and family

Quader was born on 24 February 1948 to a Bengali Muslim family of Rangpur City with roots in Dinhata. His parents were Mokbul Hossain and Majida Khatun.[3] Mokbul was a lawyer and served as a minister of the erstwhile Maharaja of Cooch Behar.[3] Quader had eight siblings including the former President of Bangladesh Hussain Muhammad Ershad,[4] banker Mozammel Hossain Lalu and Merina Rahman.[3][5][6] He is married to Sharifa Quader.[7]

Education

Quader completed his SSC and HSC from Rangpur Zilla School and Rangpur Carmichael College. He obtained his BSc in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1969.[8]

Career

Quader is the current chairman of the Jatiya Party (JP). Additionally, he held important posts in important ministries and organizations including the Ministry of Establishment, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation, Jamuna Oil Company and Bangladesh Tobacco Company (now British American Tobacco Bangladesh). He worked in the Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq as a mechanical engineer from 1976 to 1977.[9]

Quader was elected to parliament with a Jatiya Party ticket in the seventh parliamentary election and served as member of parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry. He was also elected as lawmaker in eighth parliamentary election and served as a member of standing committee on agriculture ministry.

Quader was elected to parliament from Lalmonirhat-3 on 7 January 2019 as a candidate of the Jatiya Party.[10] He received 149,641 votes while his nearest rival, Asadul Habib Dulu of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, received 80,225 votes.[11]

From 2016, he joined his elder brother, Hussain Muhammad Ershad, who was the founder and chairman of the Jatiya Party. Ershad had declared to make Quader the co-chairman of the party although Ershad's wife Rowshan Ershad and her MPs were against the decision. In May 2019, Ershad appointed Quader acting chairman of Jatiya Party.[12] In July 2019, he became chairman of the party.[13] His leadership has been challenged by Bidisha Ershad, wife of Ershad, and Rowshan Ershad, another wife of Ershad and co-chairperson of the party.[14][15] In light of the 12th National Elections, his political decisions are being subject to staunch criticisms by Saquib Rahman, Editor of Progress Magazine and Senior Lecturer of Law at North South University.[16][17][18]

References

  1. ^ a b "Constituency 18_11th_En". Bangladesh Parliament. Archived from the original on 11 November 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Name of Opposition Leader of Parliament". Bangladesh Parliament.
  3. ^ a b c গোলাম মোহাম্মদ কাদের (জি এম কাদের)- এর জীবন বৃত্তান্ত. gmquader.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Ghulam Muhammed Quader MP given charge to run JP". The Daily Star. 15 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Jatiya Party presidium member Bablu marries Ershad's niece". bdnews24.com. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Ershad wants tomb on his grave". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  7. ^ "GM Quader's wife Sharifa set to become Jatiya Party MP from a reserved seat". bdnews24.com. 13 October 2021. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  8. ^ 'বুয়েটে রাজনীতি করিনি, পাস করে বেরিয়ে রাজনীতিবিদ হয়েছি'. thedailycampus.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2 April 2024.
  9. ^ "Official Website of Ghulam Muhammed Quader". gmquader.com. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Ghulam Muhammed Quader - গোলাম মোহাম্মদ কাদের History". Amarmp. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Lalmonirhat-3 - Constituency detail of Bangladesh General Election 2018". The Daily Star. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  12. ^ "Ershad appoints GM Quader as Jatiya Party acting chairman". Bangla Tribune. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  13. ^ "GM Quader new chairman of Jatiya Party". The Business Standard. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  14. ^ "GM Quader 'self-declared chairman' of Jatiya Party: Bidisha Ershad - National". The Daily Observer. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  15. ^ "GM Quader refutes Rowshan's statement". Dhaka Tribune. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  16. ^ "What changed G M Quader's mind?". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 8 December 2023.
  17. ^ "More than just the 'B-team'?". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 8 December 2023.
  18. ^ "Does the Jatiyo Party intend to be a real opposition?". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 8 December 2023.