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All but BCL boycott DUCSU election

The long-awaited DUCSU election held after 28 years was marred by irregularities, physical assault on candidates and grave protests in girls’ dormitories

Nayadiganta English Desk

11 March 2019,Monday, 14:30



The mass-welcomed election to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) was also marred today in boycott of all panels excepting the ruling Awami League party’s student front Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL), showing a recycle of rigging and irregularities in polls after Dec. 30 national election.

Liton Nandi, leftists’ panel leader, made the announcement in a joint press briefing with other panel leaders, five hours after Ducsu elections began, according to media report.

“This is a farce. We reject the election. We demand fresh election schedule and fresh voting,” said the vice president candidate of Ducsu.

ARM Asifur Rahman, an independent general secretary candidate, announced students strike at campus tomorrow to press home their demand.

They were accompanied by leaders of the quota reform panel, independent panel, and Chhatra Federation panel at the briefing held at Modhur Canteen.

Last reported, the panels and their followers and activists were staging protests at campus, demanding resignation of the university’s vice chancellor.

Later, at a separate press briefing, Mostafizur Rahman, VP candidate for the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) also announced of pulling out from the race.

Now, only the panel of BCL headed by its President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon remains in the race for Ducsu.

It was a 28-year wait for election to Ducsu that was marred by irregularities, physical assault on candidates and rage of protests in girls’ halls.

Nurul Haque Nur, the popular quota reformist leader and a VP candidate, was physically assaulted, allegedly by Chhatra League, during the election.

There was also another attempted attack on Liton Nandi.

Proof of irregularity was found in Kuwait Maitree Hall, for which the provost was relieved of duty. Stashed ballots were also found in Rokeya Hall.

Both the girls’ halls witnessed waves of protests from general students. Live videos of the protests were flooding social media networks.

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