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No alliance with BNP: Raushon

I want unity of Jatiya Party, she says after returning home

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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No alliance with BNP: Raushon

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Returning home after around four months, leader of the opposition in parliament Raushon Ershad outrightly rejected any possibility of joining any coalition with BNP.

"Jatiya Party has been seriously affected under BNP. We were not allowed to hold public meeting then. Several hundred of leaders and activists were killed by carrying out attack at different places, including Dhaka. How do we forget those dark days? Making alliance with BNP is out of question," she said.

Raushon Ershad, also the chief patron of Jatiya Party, came up with the statement while briefing reporters after arriving at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday.

Mentioning that they had seen corruption, mismanagement and inefficiency of Hawa Bhaban during the BNP led government, she said people want change in the country. Jatiya Party will bring the change, not the BNP, she said.

Describing their party situation, the Jatiya Party chief patron said she wants unity in the party instead of any division of its leaders.

"I have returned to Dhaka. I will sit with all MPs, presidium members and others of our party to resolve confusion and misunderstanding. I'm sure we can return to our political programme after resolving misunderstanding soon," she said.

“Conspiracies may be hatched to create misunderstanding and weaken the party as the party had faced such situation in 1996, 2001 and 2014.I hope we will foil the conspiracy and will build the Jatiya Party unitedly," she added.

About the party’s mayoral candidate for Rangpur city polls, Raushon Ershad said at any cost the party candidate has to keep continuation of victory in the city polls as Rangpur is the heart of the Jatiya Party.   

 "We will give nomination to a worthy candidate who can win the city polls contesting with plough (electoral symbol of the Jatiya Party). Late president HM Ershad’s residence is in Rangpur. At any cost, victory must be continued there,” she said.

Raushon reading out her written statement also gave thanks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her cooperation and enquiring her (Raushon's) condition.

Mentioning that she doesn’t want to create any division in the party, she also urged all the members of Jatiya Party, who left with Anwar Hossain Manju, Najiur Rahman Manju and Kazi Zafar Ahmad and became inactive, to return to the party.

Regarding the current political situation, Raushon said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working to maintain peace, stability and development of the country.

The opposition leader's spokesperson Kazi Mamunur Rashid, Raushon's son Rahgir Al Mahi Saad Ershad and daughter-in-law Mahima Saad returned home with her from Bangkok.

Members of parliament Kazi Firoz Rashid, Syed Abu Hossain Babla and Nasrin Jahan Ratna, and several top leaders of the Jatiya Party, including ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader and Shafikur Rahman Sentu among others, were present at the airport to welcome her.

Golam Mosih, political secretary of the opposition leader, and leaders who were expelled by Jatiya Party chairman GM Quader from the party recently for supporting Raushon, including opposition chief whip Moshiur Rahman Ranga and Ziaul Haque Mridha were also present at the airport.

Raushon Ershad went to Thailand for treatment and got admitted to Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok on July 5. She came to Bangladesh after more than four months.