Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday warned that actions would be taken against any anarchy in the protests for reform of quota in public service recruitment and said that the quota for freedom fighters’ families could not be changed because of a High Court verdict.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday warned that actions would be taken against any kind of anarchy in the protests for reform of quota system in the public service recruitment.
‘Anarchy in the name of movement will not be tolerated,’ Hasina said in her valedictory speech in parliament as the session was prorogued.
‘It is in no way an act of the students to vandalise and loot the residence of the Dhaka University vice-chancellor. The attackers will be brought to book despite their protests,’ she said.
The prime minister said that those who attacked the vice-chancellor’s residence were being detected through the footages of the closed-circuit camera.
The day’s business began at 3:00pm with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
The prime minister said that the demonstrators did not explain clearly what they wanted in the name of quota reform.
Amid countrywide protests of the general students, Hasina on April 11 in parliament said that there would be no quota in government jobs.
Students and job seekers have been staging protests across the country for the reform in existing 56 per cent quota in government jobs – 30 per cent for family members of freedom fighters, 10 per cent each for women and under-privileged districts, five per cent for minorities and one per cent for the people with disability.
The premier said that there was a High Court verdict on the quota for freedom fighters and their families.
‘We cannot violate the High Court verdict. If we do it, we have to face the charge of contempt of the court,’ she said.
‘We have already formed a committee headed by the cabinet secretary. They [protesters] should wait for the report of the committee,’ she said.
Over the students’ threat to boycott the class and examinations, the prime minister said that if the students did so, they would again face the prolonged student
life, reduced by her government.
A section of Dhaka University students already began boycotting classes and exams as law enforcers picked up top leaders of the protests.
Seeking votes for her party, Hasina said that the people paved ways to serve them casting votes in 2008 and 2014.
‘The next general election is offing. If they cast votes again for us, the pace of the ongoing development will continue,’ she said, adding that her government would turn the country into a developed one by 2041.
She called on all the political parties to participate in the next general elections.
‘I hope the opposition and other parties will participate in the next polls and will keep the ongoing pace of development,’ she said.
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