New president of Faridpur BCL is ‘married’

Our Correspondent

25 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

FARIDPUR: A married young man has been made president of the newly-announced 25-member committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Faridpur unit, alleged a faction of the student front.

Ten BCL activists, including former organising secretary Asif Imtiaz and publicity secretary Sajidul Islam, sent the written complaint to BCL central committee, central Awami League, the party’s Faridpur unit and Faridpur Press Club.

BCL’s central body gave partial approval to the 25-member committee led by President Tamjidul Rashid Chowdhury Riyan and General Secretary Faim Ahmed on Jan 19 for one year.

There are nine vice-presidents, seven assistant general secretaries and seven organising secretaries in the newly-approved committee.

They alleged that Riyan is married and his brother-in-law Syed Adnan Hossain Onu is the incumbent president of Chhatra Dal’s Faridpur unit. His father was an executive member of BNP’s executive committee.

Moreover, Riyan’s family members were supporters of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, according to the complaint.

BCL’s charter does not allow any married person to hold a committee post.

Riyan has rejected the allegation brought against him.

“I’m not married,” he said. “My family is pro-AL and my brother-in-law did not hold any post when he got married.”

Faridpur AL chief Subol said traditionally, opinions and proposals are sought from the party’s district unit when forming committees of other affiliate bodies. “But this time they sidestepped us. They should have taken our opinion,” he said.

BCL’s central committee General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee said the allegation about Riyan being married is false.