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Staff Reporter
The four ministers of the newly-formed ‘all- party’ election-time government derived from the Jatiya Party did not turn up in their respective ministries on Wednesday following its chairman HM Ershad’s announcement to boycott the 10th parliamentary polls slated for January 5.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Raushan Ershad, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud and State Minister for Women & Children Affairs Salma Islam did not attend their respective offices while Commerce Minister GM Quader and State Minister for Youth and Sports Mujibul Haque (Chunnu) attended their offices. Chunnu left the office at 2.00 pm.
An official at Civil Aviation and Tourism ministry said the Minister (ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader) is not coming to the office for the last three days.
A Health Ministry official said the Health Minister did not turn up on Wednesday.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Ershad formally announced that his party would boycott the 10th parliamentary polls.
On November 18, Ershad deserted the ruling Awami League-led grand alliance and urged BNP to join the general election to save the country and maintain the democratic process.
On the same day, six Ministers and two State Ministers, including five Ministers and a State Minister from Jatiya Party, joined the reconstituted ‘all party’ government to oversee the ensuing next general election.

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