Eric Ershad, the younger son of Jatiya Party founder and late President HM Ershad, on Wednesday announced a new committee of Jatiya Party, making Raushon Ershad as its chairman.
Ershad's ex-wife and Eric’s mother Bidisha Siddique and Ershad's elder son Rahgir Al Mahi Saad (Saad Ershad) have been made co-chairmen of the party while Ershad Trust chairman Kazi Mamunur Rashid has been named the acting secretary general of the committee.
Eric came up with the announcement at a discussion-cum-doa-mahfil arranged in President's Park in the city’s Baridhara area, marking Ershad’s second death anniversary.
Speaking at the programme, he alleged that his uncle, GM Quader, took his father Ershad hostage in the dark of night while he was sick and illegally signed him as the party chairman.
“Jatiya Party is now on the verge of collapse. We must save the party from the grasp of illegal chairman GM Quader. We don’t accept him,” he said.
Bidisha, Saad Ershad and Jatiya Party’s former presidium members Delwar Hossain Khan and Jafar Iqbal Siddiqui also spoke at the programme.
Though Raushon’s name was mentioned as the chief guest in the banner, she was not present at the programme.
Contacted, Jatiya Party chairman GM Quader said everyone has the right to make a new party and he does not have any objection to it. “We’re not giving any importance to who has announced what. I think it won’t have any negative impact on our party.”