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DU erupts in protest as Chhatra League announces full central committee

  • Published at 10:54 am May 13th, 2019
Different factions of Chhatra League activists seen engaged in clash inside Madhur Canteen at Dhaka University campus on Monday, May 13, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Some activists demanded positions in the committee as they had been 'loyal to the party' and 'worked hard' for it

Following the announcement of the 29th full central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League, party activists started protesting at the Dhaka University (DU) campus. 

Some activists demanded positions in the committee as they had been "loyal to the party" and "worked hard" for it.

A few claimed they deserved more "prestigious" or "vital" posts.

Different factions of Chhatra League activists were seen chasing each other during the protests.

In the new committee, 61 members have been selected as vice presidents, 11 as joint general secretaries, 11 as organizing secretaries, 4 as sports affairs secretaries, 5 as science secretaries, and 6 as international affairs secretaries.

The committee also appointed three deputy sports affairs secretaries, four deputy science secretaries, and five deputy international affairs secretaries.

In addition, 23 members were selected as assistant secretaries while 12 were appointed as executive members.

Ducsu, female and indigenous leaders

At least eight elected Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) leaders were  given positions in the new central committee of Chhatra League.

Only 24 female leaders were selected in the 301-member body—four vice-presidents, one joint-secretary, one organizing secretary, one secretary of a divisional affair, nine deputy secretaries under divisional affairs, seven assistant secretaries, and one executive member. 

Injured Chhatra League activist seen lying on a table during clash among different factions of Chhatra League inside Madhur Canteen at Dhaka University campus on Monday, May 13, 2019 | Dhaka TribuneNo indigenous student leaders were given posts in the committee. However, 16 committee members belong to different minority religious groups.

One year to form the committee

The ruling Awami League's student wing last held its Dhaka University council on April 29, 2018, while the councils of the Dhaka north and south units took place on April 25 and 26. 

Even though the group held its last national council in May 2018, it failed to elect new leadership.

Later, on July 31, Prime Minister Hasina appointed Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon as president, and Golam Rabbani as the general secretary of the central committee.

In the last few months, party top brasses were ordered to have a full committee formed, and leaders and activists were given an ultimatum.

Last month, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered the leaders to announce the committee within seven days, but Shovon and Rabbani failed to do so. This was due to intra-party conflict between present and former leaders of the BCL.

On May 11, after returning from London, Sheikh Hasina called Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, and ordered him to form the committee at any cost.

Pursuant to the party chief’s order, within 48 hours, Chhatra League declared the committee. 

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