Jatiya Party secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader on Sunday said its six ministers and one adviser to the Prime Minister would send their resignation letters to the Prime Minister through regular mail as they did not get appointment to meet her.
Talking to reporters at Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad‘s residence around 1:50pm yesterday, Howlader claimed that they have repeatedly tried to get schedule to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to meet her for submitting the resignation letters.
As they did not get any response from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), it was decided that the party ministers and adviser will send their resignation letters by post to the Prime Minister, he added.
Replying to a question, Howlader said the resignation letters of the six ministers and the adviser have already been submitted to Ershad and those will be sent to the Prime Minister anytime today by post.
Howlader, also Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister of the interim cabinet, told reporters earlier in the morning after a meeting between JP leaders and UN envoy Oscar Fernández Taranco at Ershad’s residence that ministers and state ministers drawn from Jatiya Party in the polls-time government and an adviser to the Prime Minister from the party will submit their resignation letters today (Sunday).
JP presidium member and Commerce Minister GM Quader said, “If all parties don’t contest the polls, JP also won’t participate in it. We’ re going to withdraw ourselves from the polls-time cabinet.”
The four ministers and two state ministers in the election-time cabinet from the Ershad-led Jatiya Party are Health and Family Welfare Minister Raushan Ershad, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Commerce Minister GM Quader, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Salma Islam and State Minister for Youth and Sports Mujibul Haque (Chunnu).
Later, Jatiya Party presidium member Ziauddin Bablu was made an adviser to the Prime Minister.
Earlier, on December 3, Ershad formally announced that his party would boycott the 10th parliamentary polls.
Ershad’s decision came within two weeks of oath taking by the six Jatiya Party leaders as ministers of the interim government.
On November 18, six ministers and two state ministers, including five ministers and a state minister from Jatiya Party, took oath to oversee the next general election.