Jatiya Party (JaPa) Chief Patron Raushan Ershad on Wednesday said she will not take part in the upcoming national elections slated for January 7.
From a press conference at her Gulshan residence, she told the media that non-cooperation from the party’s chairman and the secretary general forced her to take such a decision.
Raushan said: "I participated in the 2014 and 2018 elections for the sake of the country and its democracy. I have welcomed the announcement of the schedule. I was prepared to participate in the election.”
She alleged that party Chairman GM Quader and General Secretary Mojibul Haque Chunnu did not cooperate with her in participating in the election. Also, the party's seasoned leaders were ignored during the nomination.
"In such a situation, it is not possible for me to participate in the election,” she said in a written statement, and she did not respond to media queries.
In another development, the party on Wednesday said Mymensingh district JaPa General Secretary Abu Musa Sarkar will contest the national polls from the Mymnesingh-4 constituency, from which Raushan is the current member of parliament.
On Monday, JaPa announced its candidates for 287 constituencies for the upcoming 12th parliamentary election. Raushan Ershad and her followers, including Moshiur Rahman Ranga, were not on the nomination list.
GM Quader recently visited Raushan Ershad at her Gulshan residence. According to party sources, the duo discussed several issues relating to party nominations ahead of the elections.