Left student bodies demand DUCSU re-election

Rezwanul quits DU senate following protests

DU Correspondent | Published: 01:09, Sep 17,2019


Progressive Students Alliance holds a news conference at Madhur Canteen in Dhaka University on Monday. — New Age photo

Removed Bangladesh Chhatra League president Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon on Monday resigned from the Dhaka University senate, the highest decision-making body of the university, following student protests against his membership.

BCL office secretary Ahsan Habib and Dhaka University Central Student Union member Rafiqul Islam Sabuj submitted the resignation letter to DU vice-chancellor Professor Akhtaruzzaman on behalf of Shovon on Sunday afternoon.

The VC confirmed that he had received the resignation letter, saying that a decision would be taken as per the university regulation.

In his resignation letter, Shovon wrote that he was unable to perform his duty at the senate due to personal problems.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Students Alliance, a platform of left student organisations, on Monday demanded re-election to the DUCSU after allegations were raised that Chhatra League leaders unlawfully got admitted to the university to take part in the DUCSU elections.

They also said that Golam Rabbani had lost the moral right to hold the office of DUCSU general secretary since he was forced to resign from his own organisation for irregularities and corruption.

They made the demands at a press conference at Modhu’s canteen on the university campus on Monday noon.

They also announced their support for protesting students of Dhaka and Jahangirnagar universities at the press conference.

Chhatra Union’s central president Mehedi Hasan Nobel, general secretary Anik Roy, Chhatra Front’s central president Imran Habib Rummon and Revolutionary students Unity’s convener attended the press conference, among others.

Earlier in June this year, five student representatives were nominated as senate members of Dhaka University.

They are BCL central president Rezwanul Huq Chowdhury Shovon who failed to win the DUCSU vice-president position, BCL DU chapter president Sanjit Chandra Das who did not contest the DUCSU polls, BCL central general secretary – also DUCSU GS – Golam Rabbani, DUCSU member Tilottama Sikder and DUCSU vice-president Nurul Huq Nur.

On Saturday, Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina removed the incumbent BCL president and general secretary as part of disciplinary measures before they completed their two-year term.

The two top leaders of the BCL faced various allegations in addition to the Jahangirnagar University VC Farzana Islam’s oral complaint to the PM that the two leaders demanded a ‘four to six per cent cut’ from a Tk 1,445-crore project of the university.

A six per cent commission on the project fund would be Tk 86 crore.

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