Dhaka – Protest erupted on Dhaka University campus Wednesday to demand a fresh election to the university’s central student union as most of the student organizations termed the recently-ended voting farcical.
Leaders of the organizations, which boycotted the Monday’s vote that came 28 years after the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union had the last one in 1991, asked the authorities to announce a fresh election in three days.
Several hundred students marched across the campus shouting at the university authorities for conducting a farcical election. They gathered in front of the registrar office and met with the vice chancellor, Akhtaruzzaman.
The six-member delegation of the student organizations handed a memorandum to the VC explaining why they want a fresh election. The DUCSU VP-elect Nurul Haq Nur, a leader of the last year’s popular quota reform movement, led the delegation.
Nurul was elected the vice president of the DUCSU despite he along with other left-leaning organizations boycotted the election halfway on Monday. Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League, won 23 out of 25 positions in the DUCSU.
Nurul was allegedly assaulted by the activists of the Chhatra League while the Chhatra League counter accused him of carrying out vandalism on the campus on the election day. He along with some other leaders were also accused in a police case for allegedly assaulting a provost of a female dormitory.
The protesters also demanded withdrawal of the case, said Faruk Hossain, joint convener of quota reform movement.
A group of five students have been staging hunger strike for the second day Wednesday to demand a fresh election for the DUCSU.
According to the election result announced by the VC Akhteruzzaman Bangladesh Chhatra League dominated the polls. But its VP candidate Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon was defeated by Nurul.
The ruling party activists castigated Nurul as a member of Islami Chhatra Shibir, but the allegation was denied by the new DUCSU VP-elect.
General Secretary of the Chhatra League Golam Rabbani was elected General Secretary while the general secretary of the Dhaka University unit of the organisation Saddam Hossain was elected Assistant General Secretary of the DUCSU.
The other winners from the Chhatra League in the central union include Sad Bin Quader (Liberation War affairs secretary), Arif Ibne Ali (science and technology affairs secretary), BM Lipi Akter (common-room and cafeteria affairs secretary), Shahrima Tanzina Orni (international affairs secretary), Mazharul Kabir Shoyon (literary affairs secretary), Shams E Noman (cultural affairs secretary), Shakil Ahmed Tanvir (sports secretary), and Rakib Howlader (student transport secretary).
Chibol Sangma, Nazrul Islam, Rakibul Hasan, Rakibul Islam Oitihya, Tanvir Hasan Saikat, Raisa Naser, Sabrina Iti, Ishat Kashfia Ira, Nipu Islam Tonni, Haider Mohammad Jitu, Tilottoma Shikder, Zulfiker Alam Russel, and Mahmudul Hasan were elected member of the DUCSU.
As many as 229 students contested for 25 posts in the central union or DUCSU while 509 for 13 in each of the dormitory unions.