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Chhatra League committee fiasco: PM Hasina wants controversial leaders excluded

  • Published at 08:26 pm May 15th, 2019
PM Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

The ruling party student wing announced its 301-member full-fledged central committee a year after its National Council

Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has instructed the leadership of the party’s student affiliate Bangladesh Chhatra League to exclude controversial leaders from its recently announced full-fledged central committee.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday, Chhatra League General Secretary Golam Rabbani said: "Apa (Sheikh Hasina) told us to exclude those names from the committee who would be proven guilty in charge of having affiliation with Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Islami Chhatra Shibir, drug dealings."

"She also instructed to take action against currently married leaders but told us to keep patience with those who were divorced or marital status is unmarried now," he said.

"We will meet the four Awami League leaders who are given responsibility by the PM to cooperate with us to complete the committee. We are hopeful to form a probe body on Thursday." Chhatra League general secretary added.

President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon said: “According to the premier’s instruction we will form a probe body within a week an exclude the controversial leaders whoever found guilty. She has instructed to exempt them from the organization in basis of finding proof.”

“Those who have been sued for murder, married, involved with the drug trade, or whose family affiliated with BNP-Jamaat and accused of war crimes are also be exempted from the committee,” he added.

The development comes a day after deprived Chhatra League leaders gave a 48-hour deadline to reform the central committee or they will resign en masse.

The organisation announced its 301-member full-fledged central committee on Monday, a year after its National Council was held.

Hours after the announcement, at least 50 leaders and activists who did not get desired posts, organised a press briefing at Madhur Canteen in Dhaka University in the evening. However, hundreds of Chhatra League leaders and activists attacked and foiled the briefing soon after it started.

File photo: Different factions of Chhatra League activists seen engaged in clash inside Madhur Canteen at Dhaka University campus on Monday, May 13, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The ruling party student wing held its last National Council in May 2018, but failed to elect a new leadership.

Later, on July 31, Awami League President Hasina appointed Shovon and Rabbani as president and general secretary.

In the last few months, the organisation’s top brasses were ordered to have a full committee formed, and leaders and activists were given an ultimatum.

Last month, Hasina also ordered the leaders to announce the committee within seven days, but Shovon and Rabbani failed apparently due to an intra-party conflict between present and former leaders.

On May 11, after returning from London, Hasina reportedly ordered Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak to form the committee, and the committee was announced 48 hours later.