Publish: 11 Oct 2020, 10:45 am
On Saturday, a group of supporters of BNP leader M Kofiluddin Ahmed threw eggs and stones at party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's house in the Uttara area of the capital.
Witnesses and party insiders reported that about 100 Kofiluddin supporters gathered at Fakhrul 's house at sector No-4 about 3 pm and began a demonstration there demanding that the party's decision to nominate SM Jahangir to contest the by-polls of Dhaka-18 be revoked.
In support of Kofiluddin, they also chanted different slogans and demanded that the party ticket be given to him.
At one stage, eggs and stones were thrown at Fakhrul 's house by some protesters, damaging some window-panes.
Fakhrul was at home during the attack.
However, BNP claimed that the government ‘agents’ were behind the attack on Fakhrul’s house.
In a statement, Party Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the issue was discussed and strongly condemned at their party's standing committee meeting tonight.
He said the attack was carried out by government agents to redirect the on-going campaign against rape and violence against women to another direction.
On Friday, BNP selected SM Jahangir and Selim Reza to contest the upcoming Dhaka-18 and Sirajganj-1 by-elections as its candidates.
At a press conference at the BNP Chairperson's Gulshan Office, Fakhrul revealed the names of the 'Sheaf of Paddy' candidates for the two by-polls.
After the death of former minister and Awami League presidium member Sahara Khatun on July 9, the Dhaka-18 seat fell vacant, though Sirajganj-1 became vacant following the demise on June 13 of former minister and Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim.
By-elections for the two constituencies will be held using electronic voting machines on 12 November.
On September 12, nine aspirants, including Jahangir and Kofiluddin faced an interview of BNP’s nomination board to get the party’s ticket to contest the Dhaka-18 by-election.