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Freedom in the air

JP wants deputy speaker post

Star Online Report

Jatiya Party (Ershad) will seek deputy speaker’s post in the parliament.

The party has also urged the prime minister to bring more faces from JP in her new cabinet, JP Presidium Member Anisul Islam Mahmud, also water resources minister, told reporters after a meeting with a section of the party leaders today.

The meeting was held at opposition leader Raushan Ershad’s Gulshan residence in absence of party chief HM Ershad.

The newly elected JP lawmakers took the oath without their chief on Thursday under the leadership of senior presidium member Raushan, who is also Ershad's wife and elected chief of the Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party.

On the night of December 12, the JP boss was allegedly picked up by members of an intelligence agency and taken to the CMH under Rab escort. The Rab officials claimed that Ershad was taken there for treatment.

At this stage, the party apparently got divided over the issue. Ershad's younger brother GM Quader and JP Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader led one faction of the party, while another was led by Raushan.

Finally, Raushan took the party to the polls and got 33 seats to become leader of the opposition.

After staging a month long “treatment” drama, Ershad went to the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Saturday, took oath as a lawmaker and returned to CMH.

On Sunday, Ershad became a special envoy to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and at the same time returned home from the CMH.

Published: 2:47 pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Last modified: 9:40 pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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