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Habibullah Mizan

Unruly supporters attacked BNP office in Gulshan, confining the party General Secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and some other senior leaders inside, and locked up the party head office in Paltan.

The clash among the BNP leaders and activists has intensified further over the party nomination trading for the next parliamentary election.

Party sources said the fierce clash will turn deadly within a few days as most of the ‘dedicated’ BNP leaders were not given nomination due to alleged nomination trading by senior BNP leaders including convicted party acting chairman Tarique Rahman.

They are accusing BNP policy makers of being government agents and blaming them for the possible defeats in most of the seats in the upcoming parliamentary polls scheduled to be held on December 30.

Law enforcing agencies have already warned all units to take necessary steps so that internal clashes of BNP cannot deteriorate the law and order situations.

In some parts of the country, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was even declared persona non grata for his involvement in foul nomination process.

Clashes and counter clashes are going on across the country among the BNP leaders and activists while filing this report around 7pm Saturday.

Many former BNP ministers, parliamentarians and senior party leaders who did not receive nomination include, vice-chairman Selima Rahman, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, former Gazipur City Corporation Mayor and minister Professor Abdul Mannan, his son Monzurul Karim Rony, former minister Major (retd) Monzur Kader, former MP and BNP chairperson’s adviser Mashiur Rahman, former education minister ANM Ehsanul Haque Milan and his wife Nazmun Nahar Baby, former MP and Sunamganj District BNP president Kalim Uddin Milon, former MP Israt Sulana Elen Bhutto, former BNP secretary general late Khandaker Delwar Hossain’s son Khandaker Abdul Hamid Dubloo.

Supporters of ANM Ehsanul Hoque Milan on Saturday locked the main gate of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s Nayapaltan central office in the city.

Since noon leaders and workers of Chandpur constituency-1 started gathering in front of the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office and staged demonstration as their leader Ehsanul Hoque Milan did not get party nomination.

The agitated leaders and activists demanded the party to nominate Ehsanul Hoque Milan as BNP candidate instead of party standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain.

Local leaders and workers of BNP, its associate body Juba Dal and student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal chanted slogans against Mosharraf Hossain. At one stage they locked up the main gate of the party office.

They alleged Mosharraf Hossain does not have any contact with the grassroots leaders and workers and common people in the locality while Ehsanul Hoque Milan is well-known to the people of his constituency.

Chandpur District Jubo Dal assistant organizing secretary Md Alauddin said, “We talked to BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. He assured us of considering giving party nomination in favour of Milan.”

We have given twelve hours ultimatum. If Milan is not given nomination, we shall lock BNP central office and BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office again, he threatened.

However, Rizvi denied commenting over the issue. He said Mosharaf spent his whole life in Malaysia. Though Milan also stayed abroad, he had regular contact with local people. He is now in jail. His sacrifice was not evaluated.

Kochua BNP assistant organizing secretary Jahangir Alam Faruqi said, “There is no alternative of Milan to re-capture Kochua constituency.”

Milan Friend Club General Secretary Gazi Mohammad Romel said, “Mosharraf made liaison with Awami League. He tortured BNP leaders and activists in last ten years. He was nominated to leave the seat to the Awami League uncontested. We shall not allow it.”

After depriving party nominations, the unruly supporters of these BNP leaders brought out procession on Friday night also in front of BNP Gulshan office. Some of them chanted slogans against BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. They also deliberated harsh words against him. Eyewitnesses some aggressive BNP activists hurled shoes and bricks at the BNP Gulshan office. There were some clashes between the members of chairperson security forces and BNP activists over the issue when deprived BNP leaders tried to enter inside the party to meet Mirza Fakhrul Islam.

They said party leaders did not give nominations who have been sacrificing in the last ten years. ‘Unqualified and hybrid’ leaders were given nomination due to their hard lobbing. They did not think about the well being of BNP. Those who were involved in nomination process are ‘all government agents’.

Dublow who was given primary nomination for a Manikganj constituency, was finally deprived. He was replaced by another Manikganj district BNP organizing secretary MA Zinna.

Dublow said,” Zinna was a reformist during the 1/1 change over. He is also cousin of Awami League nominated candidate Naimul Islam Durjoy. Zinna was nominated only to give Awami League candidate an easy victory.”

He became emotional while telling the contribution of his father later Khandaker Delwar Hossain during the military backed caretaker government.  At one stage, he started crying madly. His sister was also accompanied him. He was not allowed to enter BNP office to meet senior party leaders.

In 2007, Khaleda Zia suspended then BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuyian and replaced him with Khandaker Delwar Hossain before she was arrested.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday alleged that BNP traded nomination papers in exchange of money for the upcoming general election.

Quader made the allegation at the Awami League president’s Dhanmondi political office here.

Quoting Quader UNB said, “BNP leaders were engaged in nomination trade. The people who didn’t get the party tickets despite giving money are now looking for the BNP leaders. This is why the leaders who took money are now on the run …there’s no political issue.”