Supporters of several BNP leaders have attacked Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan offices in Dhaka as the party decided to axe them from the final list of nominees.
The leaders are former state minister ANM Ehsanul Hoque Milan, Assistant Organising Secretary Salimuzzaman Salim, Khandaker Abdul Hamid Dablu, Engineer Monzurul Ahsan and Khaleda’s Adviser Taimur Alam Khandaker.
Milan wanted to contest for Chandpur-1 constituency with the party’s paddy sheaf logo, Taimur for Narayanganj-1 and Salim for Gopalganj-1.
Dablu, the son of late BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain, sought to the party’s ticket to run from Manikganj -1 while Ahsan from Cumilla-4.
The party on Friday released the list confirming 206 candidates, but dropped many.
Angry supporters gathered outside their jailed chief’s offices in the capital on Saturday afternoon.
Angry supporters hurled brickbats at the offices with Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and several senior leaders, including National Standing Committee members, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Nazrul Islam Khan, inside.
Private TV channel Independent's cameraman Shah Alam was injured while covering the incident.
Earlier on Saturday supporters of Milan locked down BNP headquarters in Naya Paltan only to leave after assurance from the Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. They then marched to the BNP chief's Gulshan office where supporters of other BNP leaders, who were left out in the final nominations, also gathered protesting the party's decision.
BNP chief's media wing member Shamsuddin Didar told Bangla Tribune they are suspecting that infiltrators are involved in the incident.
"It's natural for some to feel aggrieved for not getting nominations in a big party like BNP. We hope they will get over it," added Didar.