Jatiya Party (Ershad) parliamentary party on Thursday unanimously decided to be in the government. JP (E) secretary general Mashiur Rahman Ranga told reporters there could be no logic for JP (E) to be in the opposition after campaigning as part of the ruling Awami League led Grand Alliance.
Oath taking over, JP (E)’s 21 MPs attended a meeting of the JP (E) PP in the office of the outgoing opposition leader Raoshan Ershad, chaired by her.
JP (E) chairman HM Ershad was conspicuous with his absence from the meeting.
He also did not take oath for what his party men said he ’is ill’.
Reporters waiting outside heard JP (E) MPs shouting at each other in the meeting.
The meeting over, several participants said, 20 MPs of the party disagreed with Raoshan’s suggestion to be in the opposition in Parliament to strengthen the party.
There were no takers of Raoshan’s contention that the JP (E) stood to lose by remaining in the government as well as the opposition in last five years.
She also cried in a futile bid to convince her party MPs whose eyes were set on joining the government.
Several JP (E) MPs told New Age that Raoshan was compelled to toe their decision at the 90-minute meeting.
At a news briefing Ranga said, ’As Grand Alliance partners we fielded candidates together and won 288 seats.’
Ranga, still state minister of local government, rural development and cooperatives said that in the meeting JP (E) MPs expressed the view, ’We should continue in the government to fulfill the commitments we made in our constituencies.’
’In 2014, we were in simultaneously in the cabinet as well as the opposition as desired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina,’ said Ranga.
JP(E) co-chairman GM Quader told New Age that the party would seek an appointment with Hasina soon to inform her about ’our decision’.
’We will accept whatever the prime minister tells us and we never thought that BNP would perform so poorly in the polls that JP is facing the situation whether to be in the opposition or in the government,’ said Quader.
JP (E) MP Ahsan Adelur Rahman said, ’We will get no support from the administration and Awami League if we choose to be in the Opposition.’
According to Sunday’s election results announced by Election Commission JP (E) got 22 seats with 21 allotted by ruling AL.
JP (E)’s Golam Kibria Tipu alone returned from Barishal 3 defeating candidates of both BNP as well as of Workers Party nominated by the AL led Grand Alliance.