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17 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 September, 2018 11:31:23 PM
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DU admin hopeful of DUCSU polls by March

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DU admin hopeful of DUCSU polls by March
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) General Secretary Golam Rabbani embraces Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) President Rajib Ahsan at the registrar building of Dhaka University yesterday after emerging from DU Paribesh Parishad meeting on possible DUCSU polls in March next. Independent photo

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities expressed their hope that the elections to the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) would be held in March 2019, after a meeting was held yesterday (Sunday) between 13 students’ organisations. The discussion started around 11.30am yesterday (Sunday), and was centred on the long-awaited DUCSU polls. The union has been inactive for the past 27 years. Chaired by DU vice-chancellor (VC) Prof. M Akhtaruzzaman, the pro-VCs (academic and administration), treasurer, proctor and assistant proctors, provosts of halls and wardens of hostels were present on behalf of the authorities. After the meeting, the DU’s VC, Prof. M Akhtaruzzaman, told the press, “We can see that everyone wants the polls.

That’s why we are taking the initiative. We’re working to complete the voter list within October but more discussions are required on this issue.” Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders first arrived at the venue, the Abdul Matin Chowdhury digital classroom in the registrar’s building.

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) central president Rajib Ahsan and the general secretary of the DU unit, Bashar Siddique, arrived at the venue around 11.25am along with two assistant proctors in the university’s official vehicle.

Ahsan said after the discussions, “We have demanded that co-existence be ensured in the halls and on the campus. If we don’t get the same facilities, an election is not possible.”

On the other hand, BCL general secretary Golam Rabbani said, “If they don’t take up petrol bombs, we have no problem in co-existence. We have also urged the authorities to ensure a politically congenial environment.”

Left-leaning organisations also emphasised the need for co-existence and a politically congenial environment.

Umme Habiba Benojir, the president of the DU unit of the Chhatra Federation, said after the discussion, “The authorities say they will hold the polls within a logical period of time. We, however, demand the exact date. We also demand a politically congenial environment, which we cannot see on campus at present.”

The top brass of the BCL (which is backed by the ruling Awami League), including central president Rejwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and general secretary Golam Rabbani, and DU unit president Sonjit Chandra Das and general secretary Md. Saddam Hussain, arrived at the venue on rickshaws just five minutes after the arrival of the Chhatra Dal leaders.

The Left-leaning Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Chhatra Federation and Chhatra Front joined the meeting 20 minutes after the meeting started.

The closed-door meeting began with an introductory session involving the teachers and leaders. After finishing the meeting, the authorities briefed the journalists. The DU authorities had only invited the central and DU unit presidents and general secretaries. The leaders were not allowed to bring their cronies in. No show of strength was allowed.

Though the Left-leaning organisation’s leaders brought their fellows along with themselves, they could not enter the meeting. Though Chhatra League leaders came without their cronies, many of their followers were seen engaging in a show of strength.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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