Disgruntled BCL members give 48-hr ultimatum to reform central committee
A deprived faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Awami League, on Tuesday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to reform the committee, cancelling the 301-member-committee announced on Monday.
They also demanded punishment to those who attacked deprived BCL men and threatened to go for hunger strike if their demands are not met by the deadline.
They alleged that positions in the central committee have been given to non-students, drug abusers and drug dealers accused by law and disputed individuals.
The deprived faction came up with this demand at a press conference held at Modhur Canteen of the Dhaka University at noon.
BCL's former Publication Secretary Saif Babu, a deprived BCL man, read out a written statement and said: "The newly formed committee failed to value dedicated activists of BCL, so we are rejecting the new committee."
"We also demand exemplary punishment to those, who attacked our BCL brothers and sisters yesterday. If BCL President and Secretary fail to punish the attackers, we will resign from the organization," he added.
Nipo Tonne, Deputy Cultural Affairs Secretary, alleged that positions in the central committee had been given to non-students, drug abusers and drug dealers accused by law and disputed individuals.
They also brought out a protest procession on the university campus demanding the cancellation of the new committee after the press conference.
On Monday the pro-Awami League student body Chhatra League announced its 301-member full-fledged central committee, touching off controversy and demonstration by some of those who could not make it to the new committee.
According to the BCL constitution's section-5 (Ga), married, non-student, businessman and employers cannot get any post in the committee.
But its incumbent President and General Secretary have picked some 'controversial' people, ignoring many dedicated leaders and activists, said sources in the student body.
At least 200 deprived leaders and activists staged demonstration on the Dhaka University campus in the evening, protesting the inclusion of controversial persons in the central committee.
At that time, at least 15 BCL activists were hurt in an attack carried out by followers of many securing posts.
An attempt to hold a press conference at Madhur Canteen in the evening was foiled in the attack.
Some BCL men threw chairs and brickbats at the others in the evening, alleged Rakib Hossain, a former BCL central committee leader.