Students demonstrating for reformation to the quota system in public services at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday gave a three-day ultimatum for Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury to retract an inflammatory remark she had made in parliament on Monday.
Khan Muntasir Arman, convener of Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad JU unit, announced the ultimatum in front of JU Central Library around 10:15am.
Matia had bashed the demonstrators demanding quota system reform, saying: “… the Liberation War is still ongoing. We will take care of these children of Razakars. We have nothing against students, but opportunists, Jamaat-Shibir, and their agents will be dealt with strictly.”
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Arman said: “Calling the demonstrators ‘children of Razakars’ was insulting to the spirit of the Liberation War, as our movement upholds its values. If she does not apologize within three days, she will no longer be allowed on JU premises.”
Independent MP Rustam Ali Farazi on Monday had brought up the quota reform protest on a point of order in the parliament, following which several ministers and MPs for the government spoke on the matter.
Some of the lawmakers had supported the movement, asking the government to consider the matter.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com