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Raushan Ershad

Israel's Aggression in Gaza

Protests continue in Bangladesh

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Raushan Ershad yesterday condemned the Israeli air strikes killing innocent civilians in Gaza, while Bangladesh Bar Council urged the United Nations to suspend the membership of Israel until it stops the aggression. In a statement, Raushan said as elsewhere in the world, the people of Bangladesh were "very astonished" at the massive attack being carried out in the month of Ramadan. She urged the UN, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and other international bodies...

News Analysis

Is JP a model opposition?

Is JP a model opposition?

It is natural for someone that s/he will like and appreciate his/her own creature. So what Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina did on Saturday by lauding the main opposition Jatiya Party's role in parliament is nothing new but a manifestation of this truth. She has created the main opposition in the Jatiya Party through the...

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...

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...

Come to me

Come to me

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has called upon his party leaders who participated in the January 5 polls defying his orders to come back to his side. He warned them of kicking out of the party if they didn't. “I ask the party men who cut off relations to return to us. Come back to me if you want to see a better tomorrow. Or you will lose your position in the party as well as in politics," Ershad said yesterday. The former military dictator was speaking at a meeting with his party leaders in the capital's Convention Centre at Gulshan. It was his first meeting with his party leaders since the...

Friendly JS starts rolling today

Friendly JS starts rolling today

With a handmaiden and unusual opposition against a most brute treasury bench led by the Awami League, the 10th parliament begins its journey today, raising questions about how such an opposition could hold the government to account. The main opposition Jatiya Party's MPs will sit on both the treasury and opposition benches to play...

She is our shadow PM

IS Raushan Ershad ready to assume the office of the prime minister? You may say this question is in fun, because you know how she has been made the leader of the opposition. The high office she is holding in the 10th Parliament is of immense important in parliamentary democracy. It is a slight to our democracy if we knowingly undermine the dignity of this high office. In UK, the birthplace of Westminster style of democracy, the opposition in the...

Indian envoy greets Raushan

Indian envoy greets Raushan

Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran met with Raushan Ershad, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, today. The Indian envoy minutes after 5:00pm arrived at the Gulshan residence of Raushan, also a presidium member of the Jatiya Party, which won 33 seats in the boycotted January 5 election

JP wants deputy speaker post

JP wants deputy speaker post

Jatiya Party (Ershad) to seek deputy speaker’s post in the parliament

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