‘Take care of their protest so that outsiders do not get any chance to sabotage the movement’
Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has reportedly ordered the new leadership of Bangladesh Chhatra League to support the students in their ongoing movement for safer roads.
She gave the orders when the new leaders of the central committee and several other units of the ruling party student wing called on her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka on Wednesday, according to media reports.
The reports quoted several Chhatra League leaders as saying that one of the leaders from the new committees had raised the issue of the students’ movement during their meet and greet with the prime minister.
In response, Hasina said: "This is a tragic issue. Two lives have been lost. I was very shocked.
“It’s very normal for their classmates to grieve too. Their demands are also logical. So be with them. And be alert so that no outsiders can infiltrate and take advantage of their movement.”
At the time, another Chhatra League leader asked whether they could hold programs to mourn the two college students who died on July 29 under the wheels of a speeding bus on Airport Road, which led to a nationwide movement of students demanding justice for the victims and safe roads.
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The Awami League chief said: “You are now leaders, do what you think is best. Why do I have to tell you everything?”
She also told the new leaders: “Now you have power in your hands. Never abuse it. Form new committees after thorough evaluation. No debate must take place over this.”
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader last Tuesday night had announced the names of the new Chhatra League leaders, nearly two months after the organization’s latest National Council.
The new leaders who met the prime minister on Wednesday included Chhatra league President Rejwanul Haque Choudhury Shovon and General Secretary Golam Rabbani; the organization’s Dhaka metropolitan (north) unit President Md Ibrahim and General Secretary Saidur Rahman Hridoy; Dhaka metropolitan (south) unit President Mehedi Hasan and General Secretary Md Jobayer Ahmed; and Dhaka University unit’s President Sonjit Chandra Das and General Secretary Md Saddam Hussain.
The president and general secretary of the last committee, Saifur Rahman Sohag and SM Jakir Hossain, were also present.