HM Ershad, leader of the Jatiya Party, a major ally of the Awami League led grand alliance, has said his party will participate in the next general election independently.
Exchanging greetings with JP leaders at his Banani office on the Eid day, he said his party would take part in the next election independently to judge his popularity.
‘It will be my last election. We will field candidates separately. I want to see how many votes I get,’ the JP chairman said.
Ershad who believes Bangladesh has basically two political camps — Awami League and anti-Awami League — said he would start organising his party after the Eid. ‘We shall hold meetings in every district.’
Ershad made the comment when the two political arch-rivals, the Awami League and the BNP, have locked horns over who would oversee the next national election.
After his six-day recent visit to India, Ershad told the Times of India that the system of caretaker government was a ‘black spot’ and ‘an insult to elected representatives’.
‘Nowhere in the world does this system exist. Those in favour of this system say that the incumbent government cannot be trusted to hold free and fair elections.’ Ershad added.
‘But we are the elected representatives of the people — they voted us and want to see their constituencies develop through us,’ he told the Indian newspaper, commenting on the issue of the caretaker government.
-With New Age input