Fallen dictator HM Ershad used the parliamentary majority of a mock election to change the constitution of Bangladesh and added Islam as the state religion in Bangladesh constitution.

In 2001, he formed an electoral alliance with half a dozen Islamic parties called Islamic Oikyo front and under this banner ran in the election.
Throughout his rule and political life he always maintained a relationship with shady characters and bigots like the peer Syedabadi, Chor Monai peer, Shorshina peer etc.

In his party’s 2008 election manifesto, their is a clear statement of complying with Shariah rules.