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Dhaka Tribune

JP in negotiation with Govt: Howlader

Update : 06 Dec 2013, 09:04 PM

Jatiya Party Secretary-General Ruhul Amin Howlader yesterday said the party had been negotiating with the ruling party Awami League on JP’s probability of participating in the upcoming polls.

Earlier the party had announced not to contest in the January 5 general elections under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s interim government.

The negotiation had reached a significant stage and seems heading towards producing some positive outcome, Hawlader told the Dhaka Tribune.

“We are not negotiating with BNP but we with the government. The results would be disseminated through the media after the negotiation ends,” he said.

Around 7.40pm yesterday JP Chairperson HM Ershad told: “Some of our ministers met with the Prime Minister today and urged her to postpone the election schedule by 10 days to ensure participation of all parties.”

“Without ensuring all parties’ participation, JP will not join the election,” he added while talking to Journalists at his residence in capital’s Baridhara.

Earlier on Wednesday, the JP Chairman directed his party members to resign from the polls-time cabinet and withdraw their nomination papers.

Meanwhile, four of the six ministers- GM Quader, ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, Mujibul Haq Chunnu, and Salma Islam-handed over resignation to Ershad on Thursday.

Yesterday Ershad also said media had exaggerated the news of the suicide threat that he gave on Wednesday.

He said: “Media has exaggerated the issue. They presented my speech of committing suicide in a wrong way before people. I said I would rather die than changing my statement of rejecting the polls. But, media changed it to something else.”

Earlier on Wednesday he said: “I will commit suicide if anyone tries to deceive me.”

“I will never go with you [Awami League]. I carry four loaded guns all the time, I will commit suicide as soon as they try to provoke me.”

“This is a commitment to my countrymen and I will keep it till my last breath.”

Yesterday Ershad said: “I noticed hundreds of members of the law enforcing agencies deployed outside of my residence on Wednesday evening, immediately after the announcement of boycotting the upcoming polls.

I suspected that they would pick me up and forcefully compel me to change my decision, so I declared that I would commit suicide if anyone tried to force me to change my statement,” he added.

He further said: “The country cannot be run peacefully under the prime minister-ruled government.”  

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