Hitting back at the prime minister for her comment that Khaleda Zia paved the path for Ershad to take over power in 1982, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says that Sheikh Hasina was not “unhappy” for grabbing the power at that time.
HM Ershad is dead.
But before his death at the age of 90, the longest serving autocrat managed to remain a formidable political force, especially in the politics of vote, even after his downfall in 1990.
In 1982, Ershad usurped state power as Chief Martial Law Administrator by removing Abdus Sattar-led government through a bloodless coup, and 3 days later he installed Justice Abul Fazl Mohammad Ahsanuddin Chowdhury as President. Ershad assumed country’s Presidency in 1983. Following a nationwide mass movement, he was finally forced to step down in 1990.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad today passed away at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka at the age of 89. His body will be flown to Rangpur tomorrow so that local leaders and activists can pay homage to him. He will be buried on Tuesday.