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Ershad changes mind again

Staff Correspondent

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday, a day after the closure of submission of nominations for the 10th parliament elections scheduled for January 5, 2014, announced that his party would boycott the polls.
Ershad made the announcement at a press conference at his office at Banani although the party candidates including Ershad submitted nomination papers on Monday.
‘I have ordered all my party candidates to withdraw nomination papers filed on Monday,’ said the chief of the Jatiya Party, a major component of the government headed by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Asked whether the seven ministers and one adviser from the Jatiya Party would resign, Ershad said, ‘It is yet undecided.’
He said, ‘On several occasions I had said that the Jatiya Party would not contest the polls without participation of all political parties including BNP…I kept my promise.’
He said that all parties did not join the elections and there was no environment conducive to a fair poll.
`Some of you [reporters] blame me for taking somersault position which is partly true and I need to do so as I am facing several cases,’ said Ershad, adding, ‘If I land in jail my party will be vanished and that is why I need to consider so many things simultaneously.’
Mentioning that he had been facing General Manjur murder case for the last 18 years and the judge was changed on several occasions, the deposed dictator said, ‘I wanted to get rid of the case, but the hearing was deferred for two more months which was unfortunate.’
The home ministry in the last five years has acquitted hundreds of accused and convicts but I need to face six cases till date, said Ershad.
‘I am a chained politician, I want to get rid of the chain,’ said the former military dictator.
About recently expelled senior presidium member Kazi Zafar Ahmed, Ershad said, ‘I request him to back home again.’ 
Brushing aside the rumour of taking bribe for contesting election, Ershad said, ‘It is a sheer false...If I have taken money for election, how can I not boycott the poll?’

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