Leaders and activists of a faction of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on Monday resumed its demonstration to push the leadership to remove age limit clause for becoming member of the new committee.
According to witnesses and JCD sources, a faction of leaders and activists of the outgoing committee of BNP’s student wing staged demonstration in front of the party central office at Nayapaltan in the capital. They also staged a token hunger strike since 11:00am that continued till afternoon.They demanded removal of age limit clause to join the new JCD committee. They also chanted slogans demanding release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The faction consisting of a group of leaders of recently dissolved JCD central committee also staged protest demonstration on Sunday with the same demand.
On June 11, the faction locked the main gate of BNP central office protesting the clause of age limit in the party charter.
On June 3, a press release signed by BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi dissolved the JCD central committee saying the new committee will be formed within next 45 days based on the opinions of its councillors.
It said those willing to contest in different posts should be primary members of JCD and students of any educational institution of the country as well as they must pass SSC or equivalent examinations after 2000.
Agitating JCD leaders claimed that such a decision was taken to bring forth favourite candidates of some central leaders of BNP. However, BNP central leaders claimed that the process of forming JCD committee is underway as per directive of BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman who is now staying in London.The JCD central committee was formed in October, 2014 with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hossain as general secretary. The committee’s tenure expired in 2016.
BNP leaders sat in a meeting with agitating JCD men at party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the capital at night and assured them of reconsidering the matter. BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman also joined the meeting through video conferencing, party sources said.
On Sunday, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra categorically told reporters that it is not possible to accept the demand of the JCD faction in this regard.