Poor performance of the current leadership of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the associate student organisation of BNP, has frustrated the party leaders.
A number of BNP leaders expressed their dismay during talks with the daily sun correspondent. They claimed that in the 90’s era, JCD leaders had played a vital role in waging a strong movement for democracy and finally ousted HM Ershad from power. “But, present JCD has lost its image and strength to a great extent,” they lamented.In this circumstance, the BNP leaders expect a total organisational structure of JCD, having dynamic leadership for waging an anti-government movement.
Although JCD is a student organisation, it has failed to gain popularity among the general students of the country’s educational institutions. This is because, its leaders and activists are not active enough for protecting students’ rights, observed political analysts.
JCD men across the country want a new committee with genuine students as their leaders, who are dedicated, courageous and dynamic and able to regain their lost image, without BNP leaders’ influence, sources said.
Many JCD leaders said that nepotism, winning posts in exchange of money and interference by BNP leaders, are mainly responsible for gradual weakening the student organisation.
They said that the leaderships of incumbent or previous JCD committees could not build movements for realising demands of general students at educational institutions across the country. They could not, even, wage any strong movement for general elections under a non-party government.
JCD’s current committee was announced on October 14, 2014, with Rajib Ahsan as president and Akramul Hossain as general secretary. Later, it was turned into a 736 mega-committee. According to JCD constitution, its central committee was formed for two years.Declaring committees through issuance of press release has become a common practice for the organisation as it could not hold any central council since 1993 due to intra-party conflicts, JCD sources said.
Tenure of the incumbent JCD committee expired for over one year, but no new committee was formed till now frustrating the leaders and activists. Sources said that this can affect party’s next course of action and next parliament election too.
When asked to evaluate performance of JCD, BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said: “Now, fascism prevails in the country’s politics. There is also no democracy anywhere. In such a situation, it is difficult for any student organisation to go forward.”
The former JCD president said that people expect much from JCD. “They expect that JCD would play more active and courageous role in national politics,” he said, adding that they should give more attention to the problems of students.
Jatiyabadi Jubo Dal general secretary Sultan Salahuddin Tuku, another former JCD president said: “Ignoring forced disappearance, killing, arrest and repression, JCD leaders and activists are trying to remain on the field.”
Incumbent JCD joint general secretary Mehbub Masum Shanto, also an aspirant for presidency in the upcoming central committee of the organisation, told daily sun that nowadays JCD leaders are dependent on BNP leaders for getting desired posts.
“JCD has miserably failed to work as per people’s expectations due to organisational obstacles like absence of coordination among leaders as well as organisational disorder,” he stated. He said that the next committee would strengthen the organsiation fulfilling people’s expectations.
JCD celebrated its 39th founding anniversary on Monday when its general secretary Akramul Hossain stays in jail.
Marking the day, JCD will arrange a students’ gathering at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital at 2:00pm on Tuesday. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is scheduled to attend the programme as the chief guest.