JP to be main opposition, no it’s MP to be there in cabinet: Ershad


Dhaka, Jan 04: Contradicting his party’s parliamentary body’s decision, Jatiya Party (JP) chairman HM Ershad on Friday said his party will be the main opposition in Parliament while he will act as the Leader of the Opposition.In a statement on Friday, JP chairman Ershad came up with the announcement contradicting the Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party’s decision to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government.

“As the chairman of the Jatiya Party, I would like to inform the people of the country and party leaders and activists at all levels that Jatiya Party will act as the main opposition party in the 11th parliament.”

He further said, “As the chairman of Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party, I’ll be the leader of the opposition while party cochairman Golam Quader deputy opposition leader of the House.”

Ershad said no Jatiya Party MP will be there in the cabinet. “I urge the Speaker of the House to take necessary steps in this regard.”

On Thursday, Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party decided to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government to make contributions to the country’s further development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Party cochairman GM Quader came up with the announcement after its parliamentary party’s meeting in Parliament.

Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance bagged 22 seats.

Party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament while some party MPs joined the cabinet.