No candidate from the mainstream student bodies collected the nomination form on the first day of the distribution of nomination forms for the upcoming Dhaka University Center Students Union polls on Tuesday.
Ruling Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League said it would collect the nomination forms after getting assurance from the prime minister Sheikh Hasina who is now in aboard.
Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders said they would not collect the forms until the university administration met their certain demands.
JCD is now pressing home their seven-point demands, including deferment of the polls for at least three months for ensuring co-existence of all student bodies on the dormitories of the university and setting up of poll booths outside the halls.
Leaders of left-leaning student bodies Progressive Students Alliance and Anti-Imperialist Student Unity said they would collect their nomination forms likely from February 22.
On the first day, five members of Islami Sasontantra Chhatra Andolon collected nomination papers independently to contest in the polls, defying the ban of university authorities on the activities of any sectarian force.
Meanwhile, Muktijoddha Sontan Projonmo Parishad submitted a memorandum to the university vice-chancellor, demanding the cancelation of Chhatra Dal’s eligibility as participants in polls, slated for March 11.
They alleged that the members of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami-backed Chhatra Shibir entered on the campus under the guise of Chhatra Dal.
The distribution of nomination forms will continue until February 25 and the candidates will be allowed to submit nomination papers until 12:00 pm on February 26. The papers would be scrutinised from 2:00 pm on February 26 while nomination papers can be withdrawn until 1:00 pm of March 2.
The DUCSU polls did not take place in 28 years because of the indifference of the successive university administrations and governments reportedly in order to maintain their dominance on the campus.
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