The demand is from all five panels that boycotted Monday's Ducsu polls
The five panels that boycotted the Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) elections have set the administration a three-day deadline to declare a fresh schedule for another election.
Speaking to journalists at the university’s Teacher Student Centre (TSC) on Tuesday evening, Liton Nandi, general secretary of left-leaning Bangladesh Students Union, announced a campus-wide protest program and a rally on Wednesday.
Liton, who was a Ducsu vice-president candidate, said they will also submit an application to the vice-chancellor stating their demands and observe a sit-in program in front of the VC office.
“At 2pm Wednesday, we will take a procession from the Raju Memorial Sculpture to the VC’s office and take position there,” he said.
“These demands are from all five panels. In the afternoon we withdrew our boycott of classes and exams. That decision remains in place. We want students to come to class and participate in the protests,” he added.
Earlier in the afternoon, Ducsu vice-president-elect Nurul Haq Nur was congratulated by his closest contender Chhatra League President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon. Shovon urged all students to return to class.
Nur, who led one of the five panels, declared an end to the protests.
Asked about this, Liton said Nur’s statement was a view of his panel, not the others.
“We are still protesting the election and demanding a fresh schedule,” he said.
“I spoke to Nur. Chhatra League browbeat him into giving the statement. Those are not his own words,” Liton claimed.
“Still, the leaders of the other four panels will sit with him, and if he does not agree with our views, we will launch a separate movement,” he added.
Former Chhatra Federation president and independent general secretary candidate Umme Habiba Benzir told the Bangla Tribune that protesters did not agree with Nur’s statement and their movement would continue.
Asifur Rahman, who ran for general secretary from the Swadhikar panel, said the five panels had stood together, but Nur did not discuss withdrawing the program with anyone.
In the evening, the five panels held another meeting and agreed to continue the movement demanding a reschedule.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s GS candidate Khandaker Anisur Rahman told the Bangla Tribune they had observed protests on Tuesday and it will continue on Wednesday.