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Jatiya Party

JP may quit govt

The parliamentary party of the main opposition Jatiya Party has decided in principle that it will quit the government to turn the party into a “real opposition”, said JP insiders. The decision came yesterday at a meeting of the JP parliamentary party where JP lawmakers observed that people don't consider the party a “real opposition” as it is in the government and the opposition. The party, however, didn't decide on when it would quit the cabinet, said the sources. When several JP...

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...

Jabbar indicted for war crimes

Jabbar indicted for war crimes

A tribunal in Dhaka today framed five war crimes charges against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Jabbar, who was chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee in Pirojpur in 1971, has been charged with killing, mass killing, looting and forced conversion committed during the nine-month war. The fugitive suspected had “played a key role” in the formation of the Razakar Bhahini and had “led the force” in committing crimes in Mathbaria area. After framing the charges, International Crimes Tribunal-1 set September 7 for starting the trial through hearing opening statements. Both prosecutor Zahid Imam and defense counsel Mohammd Abul Hasan...

CROSS TALK

The psychosis of a former dictator

HUSSEIN Muhammad Ershad spoke again, and once again in his characteristic ebullience he reminded us of Pueraeternus, Latin for 'eternal boy.' The term is used in mythology to designate a child-god, who is forever young, but depicts in psychology the mental condition of an older man whose emotional life remains at an adolescent level. This man-boy leads a provisional life, because he is afraid of being caught in a situation from which he might not be able to escape....

JS Quorum Crisis

TIB findings baseless

The recent TIB findings regarding the quorum crisis in the first session of the current parliament were “baseless and motivated”, Chief Whip ASM Feroz claimed yesterday. Most of the other findings of the study, including the assertion that the Jatiya Party could not play its due role as the main opposition in parliament, is also unfounded, he told a press conference at the Parliament Members Club. He was responding to the study by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), which was made public...

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...

India to deport Nur Hossain: Minister

India to deport Nur Hossain: Minister

India has agreed to deport Nur Hossain, the prime accused in Narayanganj seven-murder case, the foreign minister told the parliament today. "I can gladly tell you (lawmaker) that we are going to send a letter to India requesting it to send back Nur Hossain to Bangladesh as India has already expressed its eagerness to...

Unusual scene at Sangsad

Unusual scene at Sangsad

In a hardly ever seen instance, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday lauded opposition Jatiya Party in the House and said people now understand how a parliament should work. "The people, the youths and future generation are now observing how democracy is being practised. The present opposition is making constructive criticism of the government, instead of opposing anything for the sake of opposing in parliament," she said. Speaking on the discussion on the proposed budget, Hasina criticised the role of the BNP lawmakers of previous parliaments. "The BNP lawmakers behaved indecently in the 1996 parliament and also the last parliament. They made vulgar speeches and threw files in the House. They also beat...

Selim Osman wins, Narayanganj loses

Selim Osman wins, Narayanganj loses

The Osman family has won the Narayanganj-5 by-polls amid allegations of widespread intimidation of voters. Selim Osman, the candidate of the main opposition Jatiya Party and brother of ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, beat independent candidate SM Akram by 16,742 votes in yesterday's polls that saw a low turnout. Selim bagged 82,856 votes and...

  

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