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HM Ershad

Separate Meeting With MPs

Ershad denies

Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad yesterday denied holding any separate meeting of its parliamentary body at his parliament office on Sunday. Also a special envoy to the prime minister, Ershad in a statement said some JP lawmakers just called on him at his room after the JP parliamentary party's meeting, with Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad in the chair. Widely known as an unpredictable character for his flip-flops on political issues, the former military ruler claimed that he could not...

JP drama on

Jatiya Party leaders yesterday came down heavily on Moshiur Rahman Ranga and Tajul Islam Chowdhury for their "indecent" remarks about party chief HM Ershad. At a rally in the capital yesterday, the JP leaders went as far as to term the duo "collaborators of BNP-Jamaat and war criminals". The JP chairman, in a surprise move on Wednesday, relieved party presidium members Ranga and Tajul of their posts, without citing any reason. However, party insiders say, the step was taken for the...

PM also leader of opposition party: Bablu

PM also leader of opposition party: Bablu

Jatiya Party Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu today ruled out any conflict in the party and defended a group of JP leaders’ discussion with the prime minister over the JP’s internal affairs. Referring to the four JP leaders’ meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bablu at a press briefing said in the parliamentary democracy, the opposition party is called the shadow government. “The prime minister is the leader of parliament. She is, therefore, also leader of the opposition party. That’s why we must talk to the premier,” he added. The press briefing was organised at the JP Chairman HM Ershad’s office at Banani in Dhaka following today’s media reports that four JP...

Ershad relieves Ranga, Tajul as presidium members

Ershad relieves Ranga, Tajul as presidium members

Jatiya Party (JP) chairman HM Ershad today relieved two presidium members -- Moshiur Rahman Ranga and Tajul Islam Chowdhury -- from their positions in the party. The step comes in action for their "indecent" comments about the party chief, Bangla Daily Prothom Alo quotes some JP sources as saying. Ranga is state minister for local...

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...

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