Ashraf’s Column

Friday, December 15, 2006

Can’t we get rid of this political joker?

Ershad has been hobnobbing with the BNP when it was in power. Exchange of visits by senior leaders from his JP and the BNP, and frequent statements by Ershad almost confirmed that his JP was joining the BNP-led 4-party alliance for the ensuing parliamentary election. Now we learn from media reports that he is planning to join the AL-led 14-party alliance. Yes, he has a small vote bank in his native district Rangpur, and might win 4 or 5 seats from there. Voters of these constituencies vote for Ershad’s party purely for parochial reasons, and not for any political reason. But should that fact give liberty to this political joker to play with two major political alliances? Is it not high time to dump this political joker into the dustbin of history, and let Shaheed Noor Hossain’s soul rest in peace?


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