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I was a legal president: Ershad

36The special envoy to the Prime Minister and also the Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Monday claimed that he was legal president during 1986-90 period, he also hoped to be the president again in future.

The former army ruler made the remarks as he was replying to a reporter’s question regarding the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks– Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad can no longer be called former presidents of Bangladesh as the country’s apex court declared them illegal presidents, reports UNB.

The JP chief said, “I was a legal president during the 1986-1990 period and hope I’ll be president again in the future,” he further said,  “No one can term a legal president illegal. I don’t know why the Prime Minister said this. She compared me with Ziaur Rahman but me and Zia are not the same.”

HM Ershad was talking to reporters at his ‘Palli Nibash’ in Rangpur city residence after a ceremony marking the joining of Shafiul Islam, a former Chhatra Shibir leader and a Rangpur City Corporation councillor, to Jatiya Party.

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad said 18 of his party-backed candidates were not allowed to submit their nomination papers in the upcoming municipal elections slated for December 30.

“Our candidates are receiving threats for filing their nominations. Even some were threatened with arson attacks on their houses if they don’t withdraw their candidature. This is not a democratic behaviour,” he said.

Ershad’s younger brother GM Quader was also present on the occasion.