Jatiya Party (Japa) Chairman HM Ershad has said everyone should stay calm and accept the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case which implicates BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“We are waiting to hear what verdict the court is going to deliver. Everyone should maintain calm after hearing the verdict,” he told reporters after offering prayers at Hazrat Shahjalal's shrine in Sylhet on Thursday.
Ershad came up with the remarks when he was asked to comment on what he was thinking about the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case which is set to be delivered on February 8.
He also mentioned that there were verdicts that even went against him. “(I) Languished in jail for six years. My family – my wife and son – were in jail for three years. There can be no objection against the verdict. Everyone should accept the verdict.”
Regarding the possibility of his party forming any coalition with the ruling Awami League for contesting the next general election, the Japa chief said: “The future is yet to be determined. We'll take decision depending on what the situation is in the coming days.”
He also made it clear that Japa do not want the election to be held under any caretaker government. “No caretaker government has done any justice to us. That is why we do not believe in the caretaker or any other government. We want to contest an election that is going to be held as per the constitution.”
The Japa chief along with central party leaders offered prayers at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal and Shah Poran on Thursday afternoon.
He said the Japa will start their official election campaign from Friday.
Earlier, Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the start of their election campaign after offering prayers at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal, Hazrat Shah Paran and Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin on Tuesday.