JP polls drama not over yet

The drama over Jatiya Party’s participation in the 10th parliamentary elections seems far from over still as JP presidium ,ember Mujibul Haque Chunnu yesterday said the party, led by Raushan Ershad, was going to contest the polls.
Chunnu, who is considered a trusted and close aide of JP Chairman HM Ershad, said this to reporters after a meeting with the party’s presidium member Raushan, also wife of Ershad, at her Gulshan residence.
Chunnu said JP would participate in the elections under the leadership of Raushan Ershad for the sake of “the continuation of the constitution.”
His remarks came just a day after JP presidium member GM Quader announced that HM Ershad still was deter mined not to contest the January 5 elections.
On Friday, GM Quader also said Ershad had authorised him [Quader] and JP Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader as the party spokespersons and statements by any other JP leader would not be considered as the party’s stance.
Both GM Quader and Ruhul Amin Howlader, however, refrained from commenting on Chunnu’s remarks when reporters drew their attention to those at a press conference in the capital yesterday.
Similarly, Chunnu too declined to comment on Quader’s comments made on Friday.
He told The Daily Star that as many as 70 to 80 JP leaders were set to contest the elections.
His statement echoes what another senior JP leader Kazi Firoz Rashid earlier had said.
On Thursday, JP presidium member Kazi Firoz Rashid said his party would take part in the elections with the consent of the JP chief and under the leadership of Raushan.
A number of JP leaders, wishing anonymity, yesterday told The Daily Star that they themselves knew Ershad was the most unpredictable politician of the country, and whatever was happening within the party was happening as per his instructions.