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Chhatra League determines 19 central committee leaders to be controversial

  • Published at 11:12 pm May 28th, 2019
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File photo: Deprived Chhatra League members seen observing a sit in at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture on Monday, May 27, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

“A full-committee for the DU unit may be announced Tuesday night or Wednesday”

A total of 19 leaders have been found to be controversial in the newly formed 301-member, full-fledged, central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League.

Awami League’s student wing Chhatra League General Secretary, Golam Rabbani yesterday said: “The posts of those 19 leaders, whose names will be announced later tonight [last night] will be declared vacant.

“After a year and a month of councils, the committee for the Dhaka University (DU) unit will be announced tonight [last night] and the committee for Dhaka Metropolitan North and South will be announced by Wednesday or Thursday.”

Chhatra League DU unit General Secretary, Saddam Hussain, said: “A full-committee for the DU unit may be announced Tuesday night or Wednesday.”

As of filing this story, Chhatra League neither declared the 19 controversial posts vacant, nor announced the DU full-fledged committee.

Earlier, there were objections against 16 members, whose names were announced on May 15. Eight of them had submitted their responses to the allegations made against them, and they were allotted more time.

“With eight remaining, we received objections against 11 more leaders and found that further investigation was necessary for these alleged controversial persons," said Golam Rabbani.  

Regarding the delay in dropping the controversial figures, Rabbani said: “We have gathered intelligence on these controversial leaders and are scrutinizing the data.”

Deprived continue sit-in

The deprived and higher-post-seeking Chhatra League members continue to observe their sit-in program at the base of the Raju Memorial sculpture for the second consecutive day. They are demanding a re-formation of the central committee and the exclusion of its controversial members. They have declared they will not leave until their demands are met.

A look back

On May 19, Chhatra League's deprived faction had initially gone on a hunger strike, then staged a sit-in, following attacks by other Chhatra League leaders.

The deprived faction had called off their initial sit-in program later the same night, as Awami League top-brass had given them assurances of: meeting with the premier; a fair trial for the attacks at Modhur Canteen and Teacher-Student Centre (TSC); and the removal of controversial leaders from the central committee upon further investigation, and replacing them with dedicated leaders who were deprived of posts.

On May 20, Chhatra League expelled one of its activists and suspended four others over clashes centring the newly announced full-fledged committee.

Chhatra League announced its 301-member full-fledged central committee on May 13, a year after its National Council was held.

Around 15 were injured due to the internal clash over the new committee.