President M Abdul Hamid yesterday attended the second namaz-e-janaza of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad complex.
The head of the state also paid tribute to Ershad, former president and several-time elected member of parliament, by placing wreath on his coffin before the janaza, reports BSS.
On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her military secretary Maj Gen Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin paid tribute to the opposition leader by placing wreath on his coffin.
Later, Deputy Speaker M Fazley Rabbi Mia and Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury, on behalf of Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, placed wreath at the coffin of Ershad.
Deputy Opposition Leader and JP Co-chairman Rowshan Ershad also paid her last homage to the founder party chief.
Later, Bangladesh Awami League also placed a wreath at the coffin of the JP chairman.
The second namaz-e-janaza was held at the South Plaza at 10:50am.
Deputy Speaker M Fazley Rabbi Mia, Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud, Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak took part in the janaza.
Besides, AL leaders – Tofail Ahmed and Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, BNP leader Barrister Maudud Ahmed, Jatiya Party leaders – GM Quader, ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader, Mashiur Rahman Ranga, Kazi Feroz Rashid, Anisul Islam Mahmud and Abu Hossain Babla, among others, attended the janaza.
Prior to the janaza, Ershad’s widow Rowshan Ershad, younger brother GM Quader and AL advisory council member Tofail Ahmed spoke there.
President Hamid also offered a munazat where the speaker, deputy speaker, ministers, lawmakers, senior leaders of AL, BNP, JP, and other political parties, well-wishers, officials and employees of the parliament attended.
They sought eternal peace of the departed soul of the opposition leader.
Ershad had been suffering from multiple diseases, including age-related health complications with lung and kidney difficulties. He died at Combined Military Hospital at 7:45am on Sunday. He was 89.
His first janaza was held after Zohr prayers on Sunday at Dhaka Cantonment’s Central Mosque.
Following his death, JP leaders of Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions yesterday demanded that their party chief’s body be buried in his hometown Rangpur.
The demand was made at a briefing held at Rangpur JP office. Party leaders threatened to launch an agitation if the body is not buried there, reports our Dinajpur correspondent.
Rangpur City Corporation Mayor and the city unit JP President Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa made an appeal to this end in a written statement yesterday.