Be serious about DUCSU polls

Hasina asks AL central leaders

Special Correspondent

13th February, 2019 10:34:25 printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday directed some Awami League central leaders to become serious about the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) elections slated for March 11.

Sheikh Hasina, also president of the Awami League, made the directive when five central leaders —Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, BM Mozammel Haque, AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Kamal Hossain — met her at Ganabhaban.

They portrayed the party’s preparations for the DUCSU polls at a closed-door meeting with the premier.

Emerging from the two-hour meeting, they said the premier asked them to select candidates from Bangladesh Chhatra League for the DUCSU polls as early as possible.

“We’ve held a meeting with our party president about the DUCSU polls. She has directed us so that the polls can be held in free, fair and credible manner,” Rahman told reporters after the meeting.

Asked about the candidate selection, he said, “She knows better whom will be given the nomination. Whoever is given the nomination, we will work for the candidate along with the Chhatra League to ensure their victory.”

The premier said that elections to the students’ union had been suspended for long, meeting sources said.

Besides, polls for other universities will also be held. New leadership must be depicted, she said.

The premier further said that her government will provide all-out support to the DU authorities for holding the polls in a free, fair and credible manner.

“New leadership will be emerged through the polls,” she said. Sources at the DU said that the student leaders of the BCL will hold meeting at the halls and submit a list of candidates to the BCL central committee.

Besides, the central leaders will also make a list of candidates who want to vie for the DUCSU polls.

Sheikh Hasina also asked the leaders for taking preparations for the party’s 21st council session.

The AL chief came up with the directive when a central leader raised the issue.“Our next council session will be held on time. So, we must take preparations,” she said.