Former dictator also Jatiya Party (JP) chairman HM Ershad yesterday raised question ‘where is democracy?’Ershad bound to leave from the state power after nine years in the face of people’s movement in this day in 1990.
All the political parties, (except JP-Ershad) have been observing freedom of democracy since December 6, 1990.
“I left the power to protect the democracy—but where is the democracy. I don’t know when the people will see the face of democracy,” Ershad, who is also the special envoy to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said while addressing at Diploma Engineers Institution in the city.
JP organized the discussion to mark its ‘constitution protection day’.
Among others, JP secretary general Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, water resources minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, presidium members SM Faisal Chisti, Delwar Hossain Khan, Mir Abdus Sabur, Saifuddin Ahmed and president of JP Dhaka metropolitan south unit Syed Abu Hossain Babla also took part in the discussion.
“Now the people is thinking it would be better if Ershad in power and democracy may be established,” Ershad said.
The people of the country will forget the past misdeed of Awami League if municipality polls to be held in fair and credible environment, he added.
Ershad asked the party activists—do you think the poll will be held free and fair under the present government? The party activists unanimously replied no no.
Every government has tortured on his party men, he said, adding that he didn’t get justice from any government.
He alleged that BNP government had filed 42 cases against him.
“Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has said that corruption index of Bangladesh reduced. But corruption is increased. We know all how the resources transferred, but we don’t have courage to speak,” Ershad said.
He also expressed his regret for giving nomination a very few candidates to take part in the up coming municipalities polls.
“Despite JP is an old party—but we don’t find candidates. Only 51 party men are given nominations for the municipalities polls, which is shame for the party,” Ershad said.
Criticizing the party leaders, Ershad, who is also the special envoy to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “it is unfortunate that many party leaders are not cooperating the party and its grass root level leaders.