Ershad joins oath-taking ceremony
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad joined oath-taking ceremony of the prime minister and ministers this afternoon.
The sworn-in ceremony began at Bangabhaban around 3:30pm.
The JP boss, who earlier said he would rather die than take part in the January 5 polls, took oath as a legislator of the 10th parliament yesterday.
Immediately after taking the oath, Ershad left the parliament building and went to Combined Military Hospital, where he has been staying since December 12.
He was allegedly picked up by members of an intelligence agency and taken to the CMH under Rab escort.
In early November, Jatiya Party had said they would stay away from the January 5 polls if all parties were not taking part.
On November 18, Ershad's party quit the Awami League-led grand alliance and joined the Sheikh Hasina-led polls-time government.
On the same day, Ershad announced that his party would take part in the polls without allies for the sake of democracy.
But he changed his mind on December 3 and announced his party's boycott of the elections saying the atmosphere for the polls had been missing.
A large number of Jatiya Party candidates withdrew from the polls following his decision. A few Jatiya Party leaders in the polls-time government also quit.
Ershad himself withdrew from Dhaka-17 constituency but he was in the race in Lalmonirhat-1 and in Rangpur-3, where he won on January 5.