About 200 leaders and activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chattra Dal held day-long protest demonstrations in front of BNP central office at Naya Paltan after locking its main entrance Tuesday to press their demand of rolling back the age limit set for the candidates of the next central committee election, the date of which is yet to be fixed.
The protests kicked off at 11 AM led by former acting general secretary Asaduzzaman and senior vice-president Ejmol Hossain Pilot of the JCD committee dissolved on June 3.
Only the aged agitators gathered together to reject the criteria set only for the regular students having passed at the SSC or equivalent examinations after 2000 to qualify to contest in the JCD central committee election.
Some of the protesters in their slogans blamed BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir for fixing the age limit and asked him to leave the BNP office.
BNP organising secretary Fazlul Huq Milon and publicity secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie were not allowed to enter the BNP office. And they were not even allowed to wait the curio shop the party runs on the ground floor.
The protesters could not be calmed by BNP advisory council member Amanullah Aman, vice-chairmen Shamsuzzaman Dudu and Barkatullah Bulu though they arrived there to listen to their grievances as Rizvi and many other leaders and activists of the party remained stranded inside.
Only Mirza Abbas was allowed to enter into the BNP office at about 5PM.
The members of the party’s election committee, selection committee and the appeal committee for the next JCD polls held a meeting with the protesters at the Gulshan office of the party chairperson at around 2 PM, BNP chairperson’s media wing’s Shayrul Kabir Khan told New Age.
Pilot who attended the meeting told New Age that the protests were suspended after 9 PM after the leaders gave the assurance that the demands would be seen positively and also that the issues would be discussed with BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman.
On June 3, BNP dissolved the JCD central committee and announced that a new committee would be elected by councillors in 45 days.
On October 14, 2014, JCD’s last committee was formed with Rajib Ahsan as the president and Akramul Hasan as the general secretary.
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