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All student bodies gather at Madhu’s Canteen after 9 yrs

JCD demands fresh DUCSU polls schedule

Published : Thursday, 14 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 222
DU Correspondent

The leaders and activists of Chhatra Dal, student wing of the BNP, have entered Madhus Canteen on the Dhaka University campus after 9 years long time on Wednesday with the DUCSU election looming. Leaders from Chhatra League and the leftist student organisations remained in the canteen at the time.
The JCD leaders addressed a press conference there. JCD leaders demanded fresh schedule to the DUCSU and halls union polls after ensuring congenial atmosphere for the election. The returning officer of DUCSU election announced schedule to the DUCSU polls on March 11 which drew mixed reactions where only AL backed BCL welcome the schedule.

In the press conference, JCD central unit president Rajib Ahsan pressed home their      seven point demands including fresh schedule and co-existence of all active student bodies on the campus. Rajib said, "We pressed home our seven point demands to the university administration ahead of DUCSU polls including three months postponement of DUCSU schedule and announce fresh schedule. Among others, JCD general secretaries Akram Hossain, DU unit JCD president Al Mehedi Hasan Talukder, General Secretary Basar Siddiqi were present on the press conference.

Other demands include- at least three months time for ensuring co-existence of all active students in the hall dormitories, fresh schedule of DUCSU must be announced, set polling booths at academic Bhaban instead of halls, cancel age limit 30 years for DUCSU candidates rather it would be fixed by academic session, no obstacle to conduct election camping by the students organisations, No candidates of the students bodies can be harassed, arrest while campaigning, reform of the DCUSU election committee , Undemocratic 5(A) article of  DUCSU constitutions must be amended and add charter of joint decision with DUCSU president and other members of DUCSU to dissolve DUCSU committee.
Asking about electoral candidates of DUCSU, Rajib said, "We are talking to all voters and demanded reschedule of DUCSU polls and then we will decide our candidates".

Akram Hossain said, "We hope such kind of political co-existence would be helpful for bringing back glory of student politics in DU".
Meanwhile, welcoming JCD to Madhuer canteen BCL president Rezwanul Hoque Shuvon said, "You (JCD) are so-called students which is why you are not connected with general students."  He asked JCD leaders to handover leadership to real students. Earlier, a group of ten Chhatra Dal leaders led by Al Mehdi, president of the Dhaka University wing of Chhatra Dal and Bashar Siddiqui, general secretary, entered the canteen at around 11.00 am on Wednesday. Later, about 30 leaders and activists joined them.

Both leaders greeted Saddam Hossain, general secretary of Dhaka University wing of Chhatra League who was already there. Saddam offered them chairs to sit on.
The Chhatra Dal leaders also shook hands with Liton Nandi, general secretary of Chhatra Union and Tuhin Kanti Das, former president of Dhaka University wing of Chhatra Union who were sitting at a different table.

Rajib Ahsan and Akramul Hasan, central president and general secretary of the Chhatra Dal, joined others in Madhu's Canteen at 11.30 am. They left the canteen after half an hour following a press briefing with the leaders and activists of Dhaka University Committee remaining inside.

In August 2017, the Chhatra League chased off the Chhatra Dal leaders and activists when they tried to attend an open discussion called by the leftist student organisations with calls for DUCSU elections. Chhatra Dal had no confrontation as they entered Madhu's Canteen on Wednesday. But the Chhatra League leaders and activists from Surya Sen Hall, Bijoy Ekattor Hall and Kabi Jasimuddin Hall took position outside the canteen and chanted slogans for their organisation.

The Chhatra Dal was cornered by Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling party, after the Awami League came to power in 2009. On Jan 18, 2010, the Chhatra League attacked Chhatra Dal when it brought out a procession on the DU campus. Police prevented the Chhatra Dal leaders and activists the next year from bringing out a procession. The Chhatra Dal became active on the campus once the university authority began its preparation for DUCSU elections last year as ordered by the court.

A rare scene was sighted when Chhatra League Central General Secretary Golam Rabbani and Chhatra Dal Central President Rajib Ahmed embraced each other in a discussion meeting on DUCSU elections in September. After a long time, hundreds of Chhatra Dal leaders and activists entered the DU campus without any hindrance on Feb 2.

The Chhatra Dal has been demanding peace on the campus ahead of the DUCSU election. They placed a memorandum to the vice-chancellor on Feb 2, demanding the peaceful coexistence of all student organisations and normal environment for political activities at least for three months prior to the announcement of the DUCSU election schedule.

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