Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ershad To March 'Towards Tipaimukh'

Jatiya Party chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad has announced he will march from Dhaka towards Tipaimukh on Dec 10 protesting the construction of a dam by India there.

"The Indian prime minister had assured that India would not do anything that would harm the interests of Bangladesh," Ershad said at a rally organised by Zila Jatiya Party in Gazipur's Chandona-Chourasta area on Tuesday afternoon.

"But now India is going to construct Tipaimukh hydroelectric project on Barak river along the Manipur-Mizoram border," he added.

He said the people of Bangladesh would stand against the Indian government's move.

The ruling party ally also criticised the division of Dhaka and said, "There is now confusion regarding the capital of Bangladesh."

He suggested introducing state governments after dividing the country into eight states as 'the population of the city is increasing rapidly.'

The former military dictator announced in advance that Kazi Mahmud Hasan would be Jatiya Party's only favoured mayoral aspirant in the proposed Gazipur City Corporation elections.

People's hopes had turned into nightmare, he said and added, "The citizens of the country are not at peace."

While most political parties have been observing Dec 6 as the day of fall of autocratic regime since 1991, Jatiya Party observes it as the Preservation of the Constitution Day.

Justice Abdus Sattar became the president after the assassination of former president Ziaur Rahman on May 30, 1981. Ershad, then army chief, took over from Sattar the following year. He formed Jatiya Party in 1986.