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Acting Chhatra League president warns of stern action against extortionists, tender manipulators

  • Published at 03:05 pm September 15th, 2019
Al Nahian Khan Joy, new acting president of Chhatra League, addresses a press conference held at Dhaka University's (DU) Madhur Canteen on Sunday, September 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The new leaders of the ruling party's student wing said they need to form the central council within 10 months

The acting president of Bangladesh Chhatra League, Al-Nahean Khan Joy has warned of taking stern action if any evidence of extortion or tender manipulation is found against any of its activists.

He came up with the remarks at a press briefing held at Dhaka University's (DU) Madhur Canteen around 12:30pm on Sunday.

Nahean said: "The new leaders of the student wing of Awami League will lead the organization as per Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s instructions."

While briefing reporters, acting general secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee said: “Our biggest challenge is to arrange the next central council of the Chhatra League within 10 months. 

”We will fulfill all our commitments within this timeframe." 

He said: “Hopefully, we will take the organization to a level beyond controversy.”

Lekhak further said: “We'll make the Chhatra League united under a single platform. There will be no culture of a specific leader centric politics. We'll try to strengthen the hands of Sheikh Hasina.

“Our first priority will be to overcome all the allegations that came against Shovon, and Rabbani,” said Lekhak.

He also sought all out co-operation of senior Awami League leaders, law enforcement agencies, and media personalities to run the Chhatra League properly.

Regarding the deprived leaders from the central committee who protested against Shovon-Rabbani, he said: “We asked them to place their allegations directly to us, and we will definitely do justice to all.

“We will not deprive anyone who has dedication, and sacrifices for the organization.” 

Lekhak said that they would not allow repetition of the allegations that came against the former president and secretary, adding: “Before selecting a leader at any level, we'll scrutinize all the information of the respective person, and if necessary we will take help from the Detective Branch of police.”

On September 14, Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina selected the new central leadership, and asked the former president Rezwanul Haque Choudhury Shovon and general secretary Golam Rabbani to resign.

The decision comes at a time when the ruling party's student wing was suffering from a severe image crisis.

Earlier on the same day, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Jahangirnagar University Prof Farzana Islam accused the two leaders of demanding a "4-6%" cut from the Tk1,445cr development project at the university.

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