The panels that boycotted Dhaka University Central Students’ Union and hall union elections vowed on Sunday to stage sit-in in front of the vice-chancellor’s office and called the students to boycott classes and examinations to press the demand for re-election to the unions.
They also demanded action against the election conducting staff involved with rigging and corruption, withdrawal of cases filed against the students and actions against the students who attacked protesters.
Pragatishil Chhatra Oikya, Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, Swatantra Jote, Chhatra Federation, Swadhikar Swatantra Parishad at three separate press conferences on Sunday announced the programmes.
A day after meeting prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in Dhaka, DUCSU vice-president-elect Nurul Haq Nur at a news conference at Madhur Canteen that reiterate his call for re-election to DUCSU election as it was marred by widespread rigging.
He also demanded punishment to the officers involved in the rigging.
He also requested his supporters and fellow students not to be confused over his remands he made at Ganabhaban on Saturday as he felt uncomfortable among the presence of hundreds of Chhatra League activists at Ganabhaban.
Nur also expressed his support with the protesting students’ platforms.
On Sunday afternoo, Pragatishil Chhatra Oikkya leader Liton Nandi, who was a vice-president candidate, told another press conference at Madhur Canteen that they would not give up their demand for re-election as the electoral fraud was evident.
He further said that Nur’s remarks at Ganabhaban was vague also harmful for the movement which currently going on demanding re-election.
On Saturday, speaking at Ganabhaban, Nurul Haq Nur expressed his gratitude to the prime minister for helping the DU administration in holding the DUCSU elections.
‘She (PM) cooperated with the university administration. Otherwise, the election would not have been held,’ he said adding that the successive governments after 1990 did not want to take any risk over holding the DUCSU election, but the prime minister has taken the risk.
Nur also said that he found his mother’s face resembles the prime minister’s. He also touched the prime minister’s feet in deep respect.
In another press conference, Swadhikar Swatantra Parishad leader ARM Asifur Rahman, who was a GS candidate, ruled out any dissent among them and also said that they would continue the movement.
DU vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman on Saturday said that the inauguration ceremony schedule of the newly elected student representatives would be declared after a provost standing committees’ meeting today.
The newly elected leaders of DUCSU and the 18 hall unions met the prime minister on Saturday at her official residence the Gono Bhaban except Lamea Tanjin Tanha who was elected as a member at Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall protesting at the alleged irregularities during the polls.
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