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Manna urges quota reformists to continue movement till the govt falls

  • Published at 11:55 pm July 23rd, 2018
File photo of Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman speaking at a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka Focus Bangla

The Nagorik Oikya leader has also called upon all to join the quota reformists’ cause under Juktafront

Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna has urged the quota reformists to continue their ongoing movement till the fall of the incumbent Awami League government.

“There are around 40 million unemployed youths in the country, and you [quota reformists] are demanding an equal chance in getting government jobs. But, the present government will not ensure job security for you if it stays in power,” he said on Monday.

“You have to continue the movement till the fall of this government, so that the next administration can ensure you job security,” he told a press conference organized by Nagorik Oikya at the National Press Club extending their support to the quota reform movement.

The politician also called upon all to join the quota reformists’ cause under the newly formed political alliance Juktafront, which consists of Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) and Nagorik Oikya.

Speaking at the event, Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury also said that the students’ demand was very logical and in line with the principles of the Liberation War.

But repressing the quota reform activists indicated that the government is not ruling anymore in line with the principles of an independent state, he added.

The program was also addressed by Dhaka University’s Law Department teacher Prof Asif Nazrul, JSD General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, and former Power Cell director general BD Rahmatullah, among others.

The quota reform movement had started in mid-February and intensified since April. Seeking an immediate move by the government to reform the existing quota system in public jobs, the students around the country are still continuing their movement.

However, in recent times, Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, have been attacking their demonstrations and the movement’s leaders and activists in different districts, including Dhaka.

Many quarters have already extended their support to the activists, protesting the attacks. A number of movement leaders have also been arrested by police in different cases over the past few weeks.