Supporters of axed aspirants vandalise BNP Gulshan office
Published : Sunday, 9 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 655
Aggrieved supporters of BNP leaders, who failed to secure party tickets to contest the upcoming national elections in their respective constituencies, vandalised the party chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office on Saturday.
Supporters of former state minister Ahsanul Haque Milon (Chandpur-1), Toimur Alam Khandaker (Narayonganj-1), Fahim
Chowdhury (Sherpur-2) and Selimuzzaman Selim (Gopalganj-1) launched the attack, BNP insiders said.
BNP senior leaders, including Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee members Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Nazrul Islam Khan, were inside the office during the incident.
Several leaders said supporters of Toimur Alam Khandaker staged a demonstration in front of the office. Some of them hurled brick chips at the office and broke its glasses. Later, they were chased by BNP leaders and activists.
Besides, the supporters of Selimuzzaman were staging demonstration in front of the party office as of filing of this report at 8::pm.
Earlier, supporters of Ahsanul Haque Milon had kept the party central office at Nayapaltan under lock and key protesting the party's decision not to give him ticket for contesting the general election.
A group of agitated people took position in front of the BNP office chanting slogans against the decision not to pick Milon for contesting the December 30 national elections on party ticket.
At one stage, the activists of BNP's youth and student fronts locked the main entrance to the building, keeping Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed inside.
Later, they gave a 12-hour ultimatum for changing the party's decision and opened the lock of the party office.
They said BNP has nominated Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain from Chandpur-1 constituency instead of Milon. They said Mosharraf has no popularity among the locals.
Meanwhile, speaking at a press briefing at the party office, Rizvi said the party nomination board has the authority to give nomination to anyone.
He said, "Our leaders and activists are with the candidates who are getting the party's electoral symbol 'sheaf of paddy', and will remain united in the days to come."
Milon was state minister for education during the BNP-Jamaat-led four-party alliance government from 2001 to 2006. He was wanted in 26 cases, including for murder, attempt to murder, snatching and extortion, and went abroad in 2015 to escape arrest
Recently, he returned home to surrender before the court and arrested in Chattogram.
On Friday night, Late BNP leader Khandaker Dewar Hossain's son Abdul Hamid Dablu along with his supporters demonstrated in front of BNP chairperson's Gulshan office as SA Jinnah Kabir has been given party nomination for Manikganj-1 seat, depriving him.
BNP, however, will consider the Dablu's nomination, several BNP insiders said.