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Ershad’s 2nd namaz-e-janaza held
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Ershad’s 2nd namaz-e-janaza held

The second namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad on Monday, July 15, 2019. Photo: Courtesy

The second namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was held on the Jatiya Sangsad premises on Monday morning.

The janaza took place under the tunnel of South Plaza of parliament around 10:50 am.

President Abdul Hamid, ministers, members of parliament, senior political leaders from different political parties attended the janaza.

The President paid tributes to Ershad, also the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, by placing a wreath on his coffin.

On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her military secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin paid homage to the Jatiya Party chief by placing a wreath at his coffin.

A wreath was also placed at Ershad's coffin on behalf of Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.

Later, Deputy Speaker M Fazley Rabbi Mia and Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury paid homage to him.

On behalf of ruling Awami League, its senior leaders paid tributes to Ershad by placing a wreath at his coffin.

Deputy Opposition Leader and Jatiya Party Cochairman Begum Raushon Ershad and Jatiya Party Acting chairman GM Quader along with party senior leaders also paid homage to Ershad.

Prior to the janaza there, Ershad's wife Begum Raushon Ershad, his younger brother GM Quader and Awami League advisory council member Tofail Ahmed delivered brief addresses there.

Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga read out a life sketch of former military ruler Ershad.

Apart from president, senior Awami League leaders Tofail Ahemd and Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Health Minister Zahid Malek, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Awami League leaders Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, Jatiya Party leaders, ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader, Mashiur Rahman Ranga, Kazi Feroz Rashid, Anisul Islam Mahmud and senior leaders from different political parties attended the janaza.

Later his body was taken to the party's central office at Kakrail around 12:10pm enabling Jatiya Party leaders and activists to pay their last tributes to their beloved leader. The body will be kept there until 4pm.

After Asr prayers, the third janaza of Ershad will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

Then his body will be kept at the CMH mortuary. It will be flown to his home district Rangpur on Tuesday where his fourth janaza will be held after Zohr prayers at the Zila School grounds.

He will be laid to rest at the Military Graveyard in Banani the same day.

The first janaza took place at the Army Central Mosque around 1:45pm on Sunday.

Meanwhile, condolence books will be opened at the Jatiya Party Chairman's Banani office and the party's Kakrail central office till July 18 between 11am and 4pm, said party chairman's press and political secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy.

Ershad, a former military strongman and five-time MP, breathed his last at 7:45am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at the age of 89.

Ershad's Qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan's Azad mosque.