Vowing to run for the national election independently, Ershad said: “I am at the fag end of my life. I don’t know how much time is left. Next parliamentary polls could be the last one for me.”
He also said he wants to live with his party and expects nothing else from life.
Once a dictator, Ershad said: “I have dedicated my life to this party. I don’t want to come into state power to become more influential. I want to keep Jatiya Party alive.”
Ershad was addressing a programme in the capital’s Suhrawardy Uddan yesterday to mark JaPa's 31st founding anniversary.
He even gave a justification about taking over the state power and, thus, highlightinghis plans to develop the country.
Ershad declared 14 pledges, especially including those of establishment of provincial government, reforming electoral system, full-fledged upazila system, electricity and gas facilities to every household, employment, rehabilitation accommodation (Guchchhograam) in every upazila, and quota system for religious minorities in cabinet.
Chaired by Dhaka South city JaPa President Syed Abu Hossain Babla, the programme was inaugurated by Ershad where Raushan Ershad, JaPa senior co-chairman, her deputy G M Quader and the party's general secretary ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, among others, also addressed.