Aggrieved BNP men in Tangail burn effigy of joint convener of new district convening committee, left, processionists in C'nawabganj parade streets with effigies of two leaders.Photo: STAR
Aggrieved BNP leaders and activists yesterday staged agitation in Chapainawabganj, Patuakhali, Tangail and Pabna districts demanding cancellation of the new convening committees declared by the central body on Tuesday.
Internal feud in different district units of the party surfaced anew after declaration of the new convening committees.
In Chapainawabganj, a faction of the district unit brought out a procession in the town demanding cancellation of the new covening committee, according to our correspondent.
Led by former lawmaker Harunur Rashid, the processionists paraded the main streets of the town and then burnt the effigies of Rizvi Ahmed, office secretary of the central committee, and Shahjahan Mia, convener of the new convening committee, in front of the local press club.
Addressing a rally on the club premises, the BNP men alleged that Rizvi made former lawmaker Shahjahan Mia convener of the new committee, taking bribe from him.
They demanded immediate removal of Shahjahan Mia from the post of district convener.
Our Tangail correspondent reported that a section of BNP leaders and activists burnt the effigy of Advocate Ahmed Azam Khan, a lawyer of party Chief Khaleda Zia and joint convener of the newly formed district convening committee.
They brought out a procession in the town and then held a rally on Shaheed Minar premises. At the rally, the aggrieved party men declared Ahmed Azam Khan 'unwanted' in the district and demanded cancellation of the new convening committee.
They urged the party chief to form the district convening committee after consultation with grassroots leaders and activists.
Tangail district BNP former joint secretary advocate Arfan Ali Mollah, Jubo Dal leader Ataur Rahman Jinnah, district BNP leaders Abul Kashem and Selim Reza, Sadar, city BNP leaders Mirza Rony Ahmed Rinku and Shamsul Haque Shamsu addressed the rally.
Our, Patuakhali correspondent adds: Former minister and immediate past president of the BNP district unit Altaf Hossain Chowdhury and convener of the new convening committee Abdur Rashid Chunnu Mia were yesterday declared 'unwanted' in the district by a faction of local BNP.
Leaders and activists of the faction, led by Kazi Mahbub Alam, president of BNP Sadar upazila unit, took out a procession in the town at around 10:30 am.
Later, they held a rally in the town demanding cancellation of the new convening committee headed by Abdur Rashid Chunnu Mia.
They alleged that the central committee declared the district convening body, ignoring the opinions of the grassroots leaders and activists. Rejecting the new convening committee, the BNP men urged the party chairperson to declare the name of Shadat Hossain Mridha as convener of the district unit.
Meanwhile, three separate cases were filed with Pabna Sadar Police Station on Friday night in connection with Thursday's BNP clash in the district town over new convening committee, reports our correspondent.
Two BNP factions filed the cases accusing each other of attacking them and ransacking the district unit office on the day. As many as 51 leaders and activists.
Of both factions have been made accused in the cases.
Officer-in-charge (OC) of Pabna Sadar police Station said they have recorded all the three cases and operation is going on to arrest the accused.
Protest against formation of new district convening committee continued at Pabna yesterday. A faction of the unit held a rally at Pabna Community Centre demanding cancellation of the new committee within 10 days.
Leaders of the faction urged the party high command to cancel the new convening committee within June 22, otherwise they threatened to resign en masse.
In Nilphamari, Former district unit president Ahsan Ahmed has been made the convener of the new convening committee, says our correspondent.
Khaleda's nephew Shahrin Islam Tuhin, who was the president of the district unit, has not been included in the newly declared convening committee. Tuhin, convicted in corruption cases during emergency period, is still in hiding.
Ahsan Ahmed, a close associate of BNP's founder Ziaur Rahman, was expelled from the party in 1996 as he opposed the party nomination of Dewan Nurunnabi in the parliamentary election. Ahsan contested the election on JP ticket and became parliament member. He returned to the party in November last year and again took leadership of the district unit.