Post-deprived BCL men stage demo at DU
A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), who did not get post in the newly announced full-fledged committee, staged sit-in at the base of Raju Sculpture on Dhaka University campus early Monday demanding expulsion of controversial leaders from the committee.
The BCL men started the sit-in in the wee hour after the central BCL issued a notice over paying respects to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi 32 on Monday.
The faction organised a press conference at the venue and strongly vowed to remain in the movement until ‘the problem’ is solved, even if they have to “spend Eid at Raju Sculpture”.
“By placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu, the new controversial committee will get legitimacy,” said, BM Lipi Akhter, president of Ruqayyah Hall unit Chhatra League.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave a list of 17 members who are controversial and involved with Jamaat-Shibir family, drug addicted and married. But, they were not expelled from the committee yet,” she alleged.
Terming the tribute a humiliation of Bangabandhu, Rakib Hossain, former program and planning affairs secretary of the central committee and spokesperson of deprived faction, said, “Chhatra League president and general secretary want to place wreaths and pay tribute to the Father of the Nation, despite all the controversies.”
On May 19, following the attack upon them twice by other Chhatra League leaders, Chhatra League’s deprived faction went on a hunger strike first, then staged a sit-in.
The deprived faction called off their earlier sit-in program later the same night, as Awami League top leaders had given them assurances of meeting with the premier, justice for the attacks at Modhu’s Canteen and Teacher-Student Centre (TSC), and removal of controversial leaders from the central committee upon further investigation.
On May 20, Chhatra League expelled one of its activists and suspended four others over clashes centering the newly announced full-fledged committee.
Chhatra League announced its 301-member full-fledged central committee on May 13, a year after its National Council was held. Around 15 were left injured due to the internal clash centering on the new committee.