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HM Ershad

Proposed budget too dreamy: Ershad

Proposed budget too dreamy: Ershad

Terming the proposed budget for 2014-15 fiscal as “too dreamy”, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad today expressed his doubt over its implementation. "The proposed budget is not highly-ambitious. Rather, it is too dreamy. There is no specific proposal and direction (in the budget) on how to implement it," Ershad said. He was giving formal reaction...

‘2 parties’ curse for Bangladesh: Ershad

‘2 parties’ curse for Bangladesh: Ershad

Terming two major political parties a curse for the country, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad today said people now want to get rid of those. Ershad also criticised both Awami League and BNP for making mockery with the issue of formalin, a health hazardous chemical.  "I feel bad when the politicians make mockery with formalin...

Shamim’s brother gets JP ticket for by-polls

Selim Osman, elder brother of Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, got nomination from Jatiya Party to contest the Narayanganj-5 by-poll. JP Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu told this to reporters today after a meeting between Shamim Osman, lawmaker from Narayanganj-2 constituency, and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad at the latter's Banani office in the capital around 11:50am. During the 15-minute meeting, Shamim sought JP’s nomination for his elder brother, Selim Osman, for the by-poll. Selim is the former president of Narayanganj Chambers...

Ershad claims innocence in radar purchase case

Ershad claims innocence in radar purchase case

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad today pleaded not guilty and demanded justice when a Dhaka court read out charges brought against him by 12 witnesses in Radar purchase graft case. Judge Abdur Rashid of the Special Court for Dhaka Division fixed May 29, for hearing arguments from the prosecution and defence. Two others accused of the case -- former air chiefs Sultan Mahmud and Mamtazuddin Ahmed -- also claimed themselves innocent and demanded justice after the charges read out to them. On April 24, a Dhaka court concluded recording statements of the 12 witnesses in the much-talked-about graft case. The now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption filed the case against Ershad and four others with...

Govt is run like Hitler: Ershad

Govt is run like Hitler: Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad today lambasted Sheikh Hasina government saying there is no democracy in the country at present as the administration is running the country like Hitler and Mussolini.     “People are being killed everyday, dead bodies are floating in rivers. But the government is blaming others behind such killings,” Ershad, also special...

MANZUR MURDER-8

Convenient amnesia

Convenient amnesia

President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated in Chittagong on May 30, 1981. Two days later, General Manzur was murdered. Facts related to the planned killing of Manzur show how top military leaders at the time desperately tried to bury the truth behind the Zia killing and how it helped them seize power. Manzur was the unsuspecting victim of their duplicity, which has become evident from the depositions of witnesses and the accused and from some authoritative books on the killing. All these years since June 1981, justice for Manzur and his family has remained elusive.   Former military dictator HM Ershad was apparently in amnesia in 1995 when the CID asked him some...

Anti-Ershad group runs Jatiya Party

Anti-Ershad group runs Jatiya Party

HM Ershad seems to have lost his grip on the Jatiya Party with a section of its leaders out to make sure the party sticks to the ruling Awami League. Insiders say these leaders are also trying to ensure that the JP chairman, who has quite a record of flip-flops during crucial political times in the past, does not make any such move in future. Because of such U-turns of Ershad, the party has so far split four times. These leaders think the party needs to be saved by neutralising Ershad as his whimsical back-flips are detrimental to the organisation. Ershad's political somersaults were most evident ahead of the one-sided January 5...

Raushan to quit politics 'in future'

Raushan to quit politics 'in future'

Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament Raushan Ershad today said she would not contest in the parliamentary election "in future" and would quit politics. "I will not be in politics or take part in election anymore in the future. I have done as much as I needed," the Jatiya Party senior presidium member...

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....

GROUND REALITIES

Murder most foul . . .

Murder most foul . . .

LAWRENCE Lifschultz's reflections on the murder of Major General Mohammad Abul Manzur in June 1981 are, for the nation's political leadership as also for the people of Bangladesh, a broad hint that all past conspiracies should be investigated in their totality and the truth behind them revealed. The good part of our otherwise sad post-1975 history is that a beginning has been made, through bringing the assassins of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to justice. The process of a fresh new judicial look at the jail killings of November 1975 is also underway. All of which is a breath of fresh air, for they point to the slow climb back...

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