Potential candidates for top posts of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have been lobbying senior Awami League leaders and highlighting their contributions on social media, seeking attention of the student wing’s organisational leader Sheikh Hasina since the announcement of the 30th national council session has been made.
Age limit for BCL aspirant leaders may be extended by one year this time for delay in arrangement of the council due to the coronavirus pandemic, hinted Awami League leaders who are in charge of looking after the student organisation.
While talking to the Daily Sun in this regard, Awami League Presidium Member and one of the four leaders in charge of looking after BCL, Abdur Rahman, said they will prefer leadership quality as the prerequisite while selecting leaders.
“We will search for regular students who have acceptance among students, contributions in students’ movements and struggle and ability to take strong decisions in critical time and lead from the organisation front to run Bangladesh Chhatra League,” he said.
The constitution of Chhatra League mentions the age limit of 27 years, but later it was increased to 29 years. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the age limit may be extended by another year, according to party sources. Awami League Presidium Member Jahangir Kabir Nanak said many of the BCL’s organisational activities were at a standstill during the coronavirus pandemic. The maximum age for leadership election, therefore, may be extended by one more year.
Nanak, also one of the four leaders in charge of looking after BCL, said the final decision in this regard has not been made yet. Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will take the final decision. After talking to dozens of BCL leaders of different universities, the Daily Sun has come to know that many things will depend on the decision of extending age limit.
According to them, this time Dhaka University Chhatra League General Secretary Saddam Hussain of North Bengal, BCL central committee Organising Secretary Sad Bin Kader Chowdhury of Chattogram, Sheikh Wali Asif Enan of Barishal, Borikul Islam Badhon of Khulna, Law Affairs Secretary Fuad Hossain Shahadat of Faridpur and Education and Study Circle Affairs Secretary Abdullah Al Masud Limon of Chattogram’s names are most discussed.
BCL Vice-President Rakib Hossain, Kamal Khan, and Employment Affairs Secretary Rony Mohammad are in the race for top posts from Greater Faridpur region this year.
The list of aspirant top leaders from Barishal division is long. It includes BCL Joint General Secretary Arifuzzaman Al Imran, Organising Secretary Sohanur Rahman Sohan, Deputy Science Secretary Sabur Khan Collins and Deputy Employment Affairs Secretary Khadimul Bashar Joy.
BCL Vice-President Iftekhar Ahmed Sajib, Mazharul Islam Shameem, Joint General Secretary Tahsan Ahmed Rasel, Deputy Social Welfare Secretary Tanvir Hasan Saikat and Deputy Secretary Didarul Alam are potential candidates for top posts.
Among the BCL leaders belong to North Bengal, Vice-President Mahmudul Hasan, Rakibul Hasan Rakib, Training Affairs Secretary Haider Mohammad Jitu and Sports Secretary Md Al Amin Sujon are in the race.
BCL Vice-President Shagor Hossain Shohag, Human Resource Secretary Nahid Hasan Shahin, Religious Affairs Secretary Tuhin Reza and Deputy Science Affairs Secretary Khandaker Ahsan Habib will be looking for top posts.
From greater Mymensingh region, names of BCL Vice-President Shohan Khan, Joint Secretary SM Rakib Sirazy, Liberation War and Research Secretary Mehedi HasanTaposh and Deputy Information Technology Secretary Rashid Shahriar Uday have come up for discussion.
BCL Vice-President Tilottama Sikder of Barishal and Farida Pervin of Khulna are among the most discussed names of female student leaders, while Dhaka University BCL President Sonjit Chandra Das of Mymensingh, Jagannath Hall President Kajal Das of Sylhet, Deputy Literature Secretary Joyjit Datta of Chattogram and Deputy Office Secretary Shajib Nath of North Bengal from minority community will race for top posts.
Besides, Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall President Shahidul Haque Shishir, Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall General Secretary Hasibul Hossain Shanto, Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall President Zahidul Islam Zahid and Deputy Training Affairs Secretary Meshkat Hossain will be looking for top posts for BCL Dhaka University unit.
The 30th National Council of Bangladesh Chhatra League is scheduled to be held on December 6 at Suhrawardy Udyan with Awami League President Sheikh Hasina as the chief guest.
BCL’s last council was held in May 2018. In July of that year, Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon was appointed as the president and Golam Rabbani as the general secretary.
When they lost their posts in September 2019 in the face of different allegations, first Vice-President Al-Nahean Khan Joy took charge as acting president and first Joint Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharya as acting general secretary. Later, on January 4, 2020, they were asked to perform regular duty.