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Milon supporters reopen Naya Paltan BNP office, pose 12-hour ultimatum

  • Published at 03:32 pm December 8th, 2018
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BNP's party headquarters in Dhaka's Naya Paltan area Dhaka Tribune/File photo

They unlocked the gates around 2:15pm Saturday

Supporters of BNP leader Ehsanul Haque Milon have reopened the gates of BNP’s Naya Paltan office after giving a 12-hour ultimatum to BNP to nominate Milon for the Chandpur 1 constituency.

They unlocked the gates around 2:15pm Saturday.

Chandpur district unit Jubo Dal Joint-Organizing Secretary Alauddin said: “We have spoken to BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. He has given us assurances. We want Milon to be nominated for the Chandpur 1 constituency within 12 hours, or we will close down the party’s Naya Paltan and Gulshan offices.”

Rizvi, however, refused to comment on the situation.

Earlier on Saturday, agitated supporters of the former education minister locked the gate around 1pm Saturday, protesting BNP’s decision not to nominate Milon from Chandpur 1 constituency for the 11th parliamentary election.

BNP has nominated Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain for Chandpur 1 instead of Milon.

According to sources, Milon’s supporters began the protest in front of the office around 12pm, demanding that Milon be nominated instead of Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, who is also president of the party’s Malaysia wing.

Later, activists locked down the main entrance, with a number of BNP leaderstrapped inside, such as Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

Responding to a query, Chandpur’s Kachua upazila unit BNP Organizing Secretary Jahangir Alam Faruqi said: “Even while living abroad, Milon kept in touch with party leaders and activists.

“However, the person who was nominated by the BNP has no standing with locals. There is no alternative to Milon in order to recover this constituency at the polls.”

Milon Friend Club General Secretary, Gazi Md Rommel, said: “Mosharraf had liaisons with Awami League members in Chandpur. He has tortured many party leaders over the last 10 years. He has been nominated so that Awami League can take this constituency, and we will not stand for it.”

December 9 is the last day for nomination cancellation.

The 11th general election will be held on December 30.