The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday deferred the national council session of its student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal to September 14.
The party also decided to withdraw the expulsion of its 12 aggrieved leaders of Chhatra Dal who did not accept the age limit for becoming member its next committee.
Chhatra Dal election conducting committee convener and BNP joint secretary general Khairul Kabir Khokon in a release announced the deferral and stated that president and general secretary of the next Chhatra Dal central committee would be elected through direct ballots.
Nomination forms for Chhatra Dal posts would be distributed on August 17 and 18, the forms should be submitted on August 19 and 29, the forms would be scrutinised on August 22 to 26 and draft list of candidates would be published in August 27.
Appeals and objection could be submitted on August 28 and they would be resolved on August 29 and 30. Last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is August 31 and final list of candidates would be published on September 2, the release said.
The candidates would be able to campaign between September 3 to September 12 and the voting would be held on September 14 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the release added.
‘We came to a decision that the JCD central council session and election to the new committee would be held in mid-September. At the same time, the expulsion of 12 JCD leaders would be withdrawn,’ BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal told New Age.
The BNP high command decided to defer the council session after talking to the JCD dissidents.
The BNP leaders on several occasions sat with the dissidents and informed the party acting chairman Tarique Rahman of the outcome. A group of dissidents also talked with Tarique through Skype.
Later, the BNP high-command assigned the party standing committee members Mirza Abbas and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal to calm down the dissidents.
On June 3, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in a release announced the dissolution of the Chhatra Dal central committee and formation of the next committee through council session in next 45 days. The release disqualified individuals having passed secondary or equivalent examinations before 2000 from the becoming a member of the next committee.
On June 23, BNP posted for July 15 the council session but failed to hold it as Chhatra Dal leaders who passed SSC before 2000 went on protests against the age limit.
Amid such disputes, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was manhandled by a group of youths on June 22 and on the following day BNP expelled 12 agitating aged leaders of the dissolved committee.
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