He, 3 more MPs take oath
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, an unpredictable character in Bangladesh politics, took oath on Saturday as a member of the 10th parliament after performing a long drama.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath at her office at the Sangsad Bhaban yesterday noon, according to a media release issued by the Parliament Secretariat.
Jatiya Sangsad Senior Secretary M Ashraful Makbul conducted the oath-taking ceremony. Ershad has been elected MP from Rangpur-3 constituency.
Awami League MP Nazmul Hasan (Kishoreganj-6), Jatiya Party MP (Narayanganj-5) Nasim Osman and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal MP (Chittagong-8) Moyeen Uddin Khan Badal also took oath today administered by the Speaker.
On Thursday, a total of 284 members of parliament (MPs) elected in the January 5 parliamentary election were sworn in.
There had been high confusion about Jatiya Party’s stance over the January 5 polls as its chairman Ershad, a former military ruler, staged a series of dramas before the elections.
Amid the deepening confusion, its presidium member Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud announced the party election manifesto with a call for change in political culture to restore ‘peace and stability’ in the country.
On the day, Anisul Islam told the media that each and every word of the election manifesto that he had read out was formulated by him (JP chief HM Ershad).
There had been post-polls drama too and that was over joining parliament by JP as the main opposition.
JP senior presidium member Raushan Ershad, who led a section of party leaders to participate in Sunday's polls, held a series of meetings with party leaders to that end.
In early November, JP said they would not join the polls race if all the parties did not participate in it. Then in mid-November, Ershad’s party quit the AL-led grand alliance and joined the Sheikh Hasina-led polls-time government.
On the same day, Ershad also announced that JP would independently take part in the polls for the sake of democracy. But he changed his mind again on December 3 to announce the boycott.
On the night of December 12, he was picked up reportedly by intelligence men and taken to the Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka under Rab escort.
Rab officials claimed Ershad was taken there for treatment, but Ershad in a statement later said the government had kept him confined for his refusal to take part in the election.
Ershad’s drama ends for now
He, 3 more MPs take oath