Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s associate body of students Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in its sixth council session on unanimously announced BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman as its organisational guardian.
The organisation held the council session BNP’s central office in a secret manner on Tuesday but did not hold election to next central committee, two councillors present in the session told New Age.
The session was held after a court on September 12 stayed holding election of Chhatra Dal’s next central committee and issued show cause notice on 10 BNP leaders.
The councillors gave Tarique Rahman responsibilities to amend Chhatra Dal constitution, convening council session, postpone it, conducting election to elect new leaders, and take any other organisational or political decision regarding it.
The council condemned sentencing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in ‘false cases’ out of vengeance and demanded her immediate and unconditional release.
The councillors urged the government to withdraw all the politically repressive cases against BNP leaders including its acting chairman Tarique Rahman and scrap sentences against them.
Dhaka East City unit Chhatra Dal president Khandakar Enamul Huq, who presided over the council session, said they held the council session on Tuesday afternoon as per decision of a meeting of councillors who came to BNP office on September 14 to attend the session.
As per the September 14 decision, he presided over the session and it was conducted by councillor Rezaul Karim Tutul, he said.
The leaders termed the December 30, 2018 national election a farce as ‘the votes were robbed at the night following December 29, 2018’ and extended their support to the opposition parties’ demand to hold a new election under a neutral caretaker government.
They demanded judicial probe into corruption in mega projects, including those involved in educational sector and legal action against the offenders, condemned uncontrolled extortion and immoral activities of ruling Awami League’s student front, holding elections to students’ unions in all educational institutions in a free and fair manner, and ensuring rights to do politics of all student organisations on all the campuses and their co-existence in halls of residence.
They opposed construction of Rampal coal-based power plant near Sunderbans for the sake of preserving the biodiversity and environment of the mangrove forest, demanded to reduce prices of education materials for expanding productive educational system and stopping commercialisation in the name of education in private universities.
A Dhaka court on September 12 stayed election of new leaders in the sixth council scheduled for September 14, responding to Chhatra Dal’s dissolved central committee leader Aman Ullah who sought suspension of the council session as an unstable situation might be created if the council session took place.
He had said the BNP had dissolved the central committee on June 3 and set an age limit for anyone vying for the post of Chhatra Dal central leadership which triggered resentments within the organisation and led to the agitation.
In a sequel to the movement against the BNP’s decision by Chhatra Dal dissidents, the BNP on June 23 expelled 12 senior leaders for their involvement in ‘anti-organisational activities.’
Chhatra Dal’s last committee was formed on October 14, 2014.
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