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Ershad

BNP asks Ershad to apologise

BNP asks Ershad to apologise

BNP today called upon Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad to apologise for his statement that late president Ziaur Rahman grabbed power through a bloody revolution on November 7, 1975. Refuting the allegation, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Zia, who founded the BNP, did not grab the state power. “Rather the soldiers and mass people brought Ziaur Rahman to power through the revolution,” Fakhrul said while speaking at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club. Sommilito Nagorik Committee organised the discussion demanding release of Dhaka city BNP leader...

Ershad sued for ‘not submitting’ polls expenses

Ershad sued for ‘not submitting’ polls expenses

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was sued for not submitting the expenditure of his campaigns for January 5 polls in Lalmonirhat-1 constituency to the Election Commission. Habibur Rahman, the returning officer and also the deputy commissioner in Lalmonirhat filed the case last night. As per the rules of EC, Ershad did not submit his election expenditure to the district returning officer till Thursday afternoon, said Mahfuzur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station. The election official also filed a case against the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) candidate Sadekul Islam, who contested from the same constituency, for same reason, the police official told our Lalmonirhat correspondent. The cases were lodged following the direction of...

Mr. Ershad versus Mrs. Ershad

THE handmaiden main opposition Jatiya Party's Chairman H.M. Ershad, at a press conference at his Banani office on Saturday, made some critical comments against the proposed budget for the coming financial year. In his view, it is not only highly ambitious, but too much of a dream as well. Many party leaders were present at the press conference. However, his wife Raushan Ershad, who is also leader of the opposition in parliament, was absent. Her absence made journalists curious...

Change to avert confusion: Ershad

Change to avert confusion: Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad today said he removed ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader from the post of JP’s secretary general to avert confusion about division in the party. Ershad added he brought the change as many people inside and outside the JP think that confusion and division remain between him and his wife Raushan Ershad, a senior presidium member of the party.  “Therefore, I made the decision of appointing Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu as Jatiya Party secretary general in place of Hawlader in a bid to reduce confusion among the party leaders and activists. From now everyone will think that we are united,” Ershad said while talking to reporters at his President...

Bablu new JP secretary general

Bablu new JP secretary general

Jatiya Party (JP) presidium member Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu has been appointed as the secretary general of the main opposition party in parliament. He will replace ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader who got the appointment of the JP secretary general 12 years back. “Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has appointed Ziauddin Bablu as secretary general of the...

Current Affairs

Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

If the ongoing upazila elections are taken as the barometer to evaluate the popularity of the country's political parties, Jatiya Party, the main opposition in the parliament, has been mercilessly rejected by the voters. The party backed-candidates were able to win only two out of 209 chairmen posts in the elections held so far. Even the United People's Democratic Force (UPDF), a regional political party in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, has fared better than the "main opposition". Candidates blessed by the UPDF have won three chairmen posts.   The northern districts--Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon, Kurigram, and Gaibandha-- were considered to be the bastions of the JP, which is led by...

CROSS TALK

Ershad keeps going, and going and going

Ershad keeps going, and going and going

A chameleon can change its colour in as little as 20 seconds, but those who have followed Hussein Muhammad Ershad lately know he does it faster. He was in many minds over the tenth parliamentary election. First he wanted to boycott it because, he said, people would spit on him if he didn't....

MANZUR MURDER CASE

Court orders further investigation

Court orders further investigation

A Dhaka court today ordered further investigation into the murder of Maj Gen Abul Manzur even though the trial is now at the final stage for pronouncing verdict. Judge Khondker Hasan Md Firoz of the First Additional District Session and Judge’s Court of Dhaka also directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit the probe report by April 22. Earlier, alleging that there are some flaws in the charge-sheet, the prosecution in the Manzur killing trial sought further investigation into the murder even though the case is now at final stage for pronouncing verdict. Special Public Prosecutor Asaduzzaman Khan Rochi submitted the petition during the closing arguments this morning. “While scrutinising the charge...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Overpowering “Ershad Syndrome”

BANGLADESH is at war with itself. Interestingly, the political crisis, social disorder and economic uncertainties the country has been experiencing since long are not ideological or political by nature. The adoption of “secularism” and “socialism;” one-party rule; successive military takeovers; or even the adoption of Islam as the “state religion” were anything but ideology-driven. They simply reflected the ruling elites' political expediency, and their desperate quest for legitimacy. This article is a sequel to two of my earlier op-eds, one...

Ershad made special envoy to PM

Ershad made special envoy to PM

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad made special envoy to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the rank and status of a cabinet minister

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