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Ershad, Raushan skip oath-taking ceremony

  • Published at 09:49 pm January 7th, 2019
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File photo of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad Courtesy

Party Co-Chairman GM Quader, who has been appointed deputy opposition leader in the 11th parliament, also did not attend the program as he said he did not get the invitation card

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and leader of the opposition of the 10th parliament Raushan Ershad did not attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new cabinet members at Bangabhaban on Monday.

Party Co-Chairman GM Quader, who has been appointed deputy opposition leader in the 11th parliament, also did not attend the program as he said he did not get the invitation card, reports UNB.

GM Quader said Ershad could not join the function at Bangabhaban as he is unwell.

"Our chairman has been receiving treatment at the Dhaka CMH [Combined Military Hospital] since Saturday night. I do not know why madam [Raushan] did not turn up at the program," he said.

GM Quader said he had wanted to attend the program, but he did not receive any invitation card to go to Bangabhaban.

GM Quader said Ershad may go to Singapore again on January 18 for treatment.

A few senior Jatiya Party leaders, including two state ministers of the previous cabinet, said they did not go to Bangabhaban on personal grounds.

However, Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam said he along with his five party colleagues joined the oath-taking program.

Both Ershad and Raushan were present at the oath-taking ceremony of the last cabinet on January 12, 2014 while three Jatiya Party MPs joined the cabinet.

However, the Jatiya Party chairman has decided this time that their party will play the role of opposition in parliament.

In a statement on January 4, Ershad said his party will be the main opposition in the 11th parliament while he will act as the leader of the opposition.

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