Two top leaders of the Dhaka University unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Al-Mehedi Talukdar and Abul Bashar Siddique, the president and the general secretary of the DU JCD unit respectively, are allegedly involved in extortion.
As the Dhaka University is the highest seat of learning and centre of all political activities in the country, such a role of the two top JCD leaders on the DU campus is counted seriously.In the situation, the DU JCD leaders and activists blamed their unit president and general secretary responsible for the party’s organisational weakness, saying that the duo is incompetent to lead the party activities on the campus.
Seeking anonymity, they said the two JCD leaders do not have any quality to lead the organisation rather they are tarnishing the party image by their evil deeds.
The two top leaders are allegedly extorting a huge amount of money from BNP senior leaders and business tycoons for the last couple of years in the name of arranging anti-government programmes. But in reality, they did nothing for the party, they added.
On October 2015, the new committee of DU JCD unit was formed with Al-Mehedi Talukdar and Abul Bashar Siddique as its president and general secretary respectively.
Although the tenure of present committee expired in October, 2016, the new committee is yet to be formed. Even DU Chhatra Dal unit could not announce its full committee within the fixed time.
On January 18, 2010, some members of JCD and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling Awami League, were injured in a triangular clash. After the incident, the JCD leaders and activists remained inactive on the DU campus.They have even failed to create an atmosphere to enter the campus, let alone arranging anti-government programme.
To many, JCD is not capable of waging anti-government movement ahead of the next parliamentary elections due to lack of its organisational strength.
The Awami League could orchestrate the anti-government movement in the past when it was in the opposition. Then, the party’s student wing, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), had played an important role in such a movement.
But JCD has not that much strength to help its mother organisation BNP, if the party wants to go for any movement.
Sources said internal grouping, short-sighted decision, lack of appropriate leadership and mutual cooperation have weakened the student wing of BNP.
A central leader of the party said, “Our party evaluates the recommendation of syndicate in selecting JDC leaders rather than considering merit and leadership quality. So, why should I join a demonstration?”
A section of former JDC leaders close to BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman constituted a forum which is called syndicate.
In every committee, this syndicate tries to bring those candidates into leadership who remain loyal to them, ignoring sacrifice and merit of other activists.
About the failure to wage any movement, another JCD top leader said, “We tried our best to march through the campus and to hold a rally but we could not succeed due to split in JCD and lack of unity and discipline.”
“When our several attempts failed, BNP central leaders suggested that we should not go to campus in the face of strong resistance from BCL and law enforces,’ he added. About the future plan, JCD DU unit publicity secretary Akhtar Hossain said they are trying to wage anti-government movement after Eid-ul-Azha.
However, JCD general secretary Basar Siddique rejected the allegations brought against them, including the internal grouping in the student wing.
“There’s no division among the JCD leaders and activists. We’re all the members of a single family. They’re the infiltrators inside the wing who are tarnishing the image of the party,’ he said.
But he said nothing about his involvement in the extortion. Asked about the fresh JCD committee, he said, “It’s a matter of the party’s supreme body. I cannot say anything about the committee right now because BNP chief Khaleda Zia is in jail.”
The daily sun could not reach JCD DU unit president Al-Mehedi Talukder for his comment as his cell phone was switched-off.