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Raushan blasts PM

Raushan blasts PM

Opposition Leader Raushan Ershad today in parliament lambasted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her failure to stop misuse of formalin and food adulteration causing serious threats to public health. Raushan, also a Jatiya Party presidium member, came down heavily on the premier for frequent load shedding and battered condition of roads in the capital city of Dhaka. “Your government [Hasina] has failed to ensure safe foods for people. Formalin is being used desperately in almost all food items. Then how you [Hasina] claim yourself to be the daughter of Father...

Ershad urges BNP to join with JP

Ershad urges BNP to join with JP

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad today called upon BNP to join with his party as a nationalist force after leaving “the war crimes accused” Jamaat-e-Islam. "You (BNP chief Khaleda Zia) have announced that you will wage a tough anti-government movement and also said a lot of things regarding this. But you are absent from the streets as you have no strength to forge a movement," the JP boss said. He was addressing a rally at Mizan Maidan at Feni town on the occasion of the party’s district council. Ershad, also a special envoy to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, criticised Khaleda saying that she was in power for two times but did not...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Qaisar verdict any day

Qaisar verdict any day

A special tribunal in Dhaka will deliver its verdict any day in war crimes case against former state minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar as the trial proceedings concluded today Qaisar, a former state minister of the Ershad regime, is facing 16 charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Habiganj and Brahmanbaria during the Liberation War in 1971. After hearing prosecution’s rebuttal against defence’s argument, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 kept the case waiting for verdict. The tribunal also cancelled the bail of Qaisar and sent him to jail. An alleged local leader of Razakar and Peace Committee, two anti-liberation forces, Qaisar was charged for “participating and abetting” an act of genocide in 22...

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 Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu who has been awarded life imprisonment for his involvement in the 2009 bloody BDR mutiny. The former military ruler...

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....

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