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Ducsu election: Protesters call indefinite strike at DU, demand re-polls

Staff Correspondent

11 March 2019,Monday, 18:47



Various student organizations, except ruling party’s student front Bangladesh Chhatra League, contesting the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) polls, called an indefinite strike from Tuesday, demanding re-election and removal of the vice-chancellor of the university.

Sans BCL, all panels boycotted Ducsu election, held after 28 years, alleging massive vote fraud.

Supporters and candidates of the panels staged a sit-in in front of the vice-chancellor’s office in the afternoon.

“We’ll continue demonstration until the university authorities accept our demands,” said Arani Shamenti Khan, a vice-president candidate (independent).

Protesters also called upon the university not to announce the results of the election as they said it was tainted by ballot stuffing, vote frauds and other irregularities.

In the afternoon, supporters of different panels took out a procession and staged another sit-in in front of the VC’s residence.

Earlier, the panels announced their decisions to boycott polls at separate press briefings.

Meanwhile, many current and former students are taking to social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter, to vent their anger against vote rigging in the much-anticipated election.

 

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