Ershad says won’t budge on polls boycott

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad reiterated through one of his advisers today that he would not step back from his decision to boycott the January 5 parliamentary election.
“I and Jatiya Party will not participate in the election as it would not be able to produce a democratic government,” Bobby Hajjaj, special adviser to Ershad, quoted the JP chief as saying.
About several JP aspirants’ winning uncontested, Bobby said Ershad and other party leaders had applied for nomination withdrawal but the authorities did not accept.
“You know the government can do everything,” he said urging the media to properly highlight the latest developments.
Speaking at a press briefing at a Gulshan office of the party this afternoon, Bobby said Ershad is well and good at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
He said from now on he would be discharging duties as the party’s spokesperson and called upon the media not to recognise statements come anyone else.
Bobby said all the instructions from HM Ershad will directly go to JP Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader and its Presidium member GM Quader and he will announce those.
When asked if he has been given written or verbal approval to be the spokesperson of the party, Bobby did not give any direct answer but said he has regular contact with the JP chief.