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JP chief HM Ershad dies

The deposed military dictator had been suffering from various ailments
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JP chief HM Ershad dies
HM Ershad. File Photo

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who was ousted in 1990 after his nine years of autocratic rule, died on Sunday morning while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka.

He was 89.

Ershad, also the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and a five-time MP, breathed his last at 7:45am, said Rezaul Shamim, an assistant director of ISPR.

The former military strongman had been shuttling between his home and hospital for the last few months as his health condition deteriorated.

He was admitted to the CMH on June 26 as he had been suffering from various old-age complications, including low haemoglobin, kidney and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious keen pain.

The army-officer–turned politician became inactive in politics and was hardly seen in any public programme since mid-November last.

Ershad frequently received treatment aboard and at the CMH here at different times over the last eight months.

Ershad’s declining health condition came to the spotlight as he was admitted to the CMH on November 27 last, before the national election.

On December 10, he went to Singapore for treatment and returned home on December 26, four days before the general election.

Ershad went to Singapore again on January 20 last for treatment and returned home on February 4.

Jatiya Party, which joined the 11th parliamentary elections as the key partner of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance, bagged 22 seats and Ershad was elected MP from Rangpur-3 constituency.

Fight for having brother as successor

Ershad’s wife Raushon Ershad, who had been maintaining a distance with her husband since she was unhappy as he made GM Quader Jatiya Party successor and donated most of his assets and property to a trust, had reportedly established her control over the party before the 10th parliamentary election in 2013 taking a stance against Ershad’s decision of boycotting the national election, and subsequently she played the role of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament last time.

But Ershad regained his control over the party before the December-30 general election and became the Leader of the Opposition in the current parliament.

Ershad had also picked his brother to run the party in his absence on January 1 last and appointed Quader as the deputy leader of opposition three days later.

In a similar bid on January 18, 2016, the Jatiya Party chairman tried to install Quader as his successor by making him as party cochairman which is foiled by the leaders close to Raushon.

Amid strong resentment in the party, Ershad also removed Quader from the post of the deputy opposition leader on March 23, nominating his wife Raushon for the post.

The maverick former military leader, known for frequently changing his decisions, Ershad reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as party chairman in his absence on April 6.

A day after nominating Quader his party successor, the Jatiya Party chief donated his all assets and wealth to a trust, fuelling the family feud further.

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