The Dhaka University Central Students` Union (DUCSU) election is scheduled to be held on March 11. BNP acting chief Tarique Rahman directed Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal to boycott the election. Sources confirmed that he gave the direction to the senior leaders of Chatra Dal over the telephone.
Last week, Chatra Dal submitted a memorandum to the Dhaka University vice-chancellor comprising 7-point demands including delaying the polls by three months, ensuring the co-existence in students halls, and withdrawing the 30-year age limit. Tarique, who is absconding in London, instructed not to participate in the election unless these demands are met.
However, a source in BNP said the main reason for boycotting this election is the crisis of candidacy. Those who are in Chatra Dal’s leadership are not suited to participate in the election as per the draft of the voter list. Many of them are not regular students and have crossed the 30-year age limit. Therefore, Chatra Dal is facing a crisis over who to be nominated for the VP and GS positions.
BNP’s policymakers believe if the party names candidates for the DUCSU election, there might a division within Chatra Dal. There is also the possibility of party conflict. Therefore, they have supported the idea of not participating in this election.