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DU VC rules out DUCSU re-election

DU VC rules out DUCSU re-election.

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Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor (VC) professor Akhteruzzaman on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of holding the Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) re-election, adding that stern action would be taken if anyone tried to create anarchy on the campus over the issue.
DU VC told journalists after the members of five panels met him at his office on the campus.
Terming the election a fair one, DU VC further said any attempt to dishonour or spoil the huge works of the election would not be tolerated.
A stable, well disciplined and good academic environment is on, he said, adding that, “Varsity authority will not allow anyone to create anarchy and hostile situation on the campus. Everybody should be aware of this. If any misdeed happens then legal action will be taken.”
Earlier, members of five panels, who boycotted Monday’s election to DUCSU, took position in front of VC office demanding fresh polls schedule. Later, a six-member delegation handed over a memorandum to the VC.
The students have continued their protests demanding a re-run of the election—citing irregularities—and the withdrawal of the VC on Wednesday.

5 panels demand fresh election schedule in 3 days.

Around 150 protesters gathered in front of the VC’s office, while a few of them submitted a memorandum bearing their demands to the VC.
Nur demands re-polls by Mar 31
Expressing gratitude to the voters, DUCSU vice-president-elect Nurul Haq Nur, also a quota reform movement leader, on Wednesday demanded re-election to all the posts by March 31.
“All the student organisations, except the BCL, demanded the re-election. As a representative of general students, me too also agree to their demand. I want a fresh DUCSU election cancelling Monday’s  controversial one,” he said this while talking to reporters in front of Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall.
Replying to a question over taking charge of the VP, Nur sought one or two more days to take decision in this regard.
“The matter of taking oath depends on the willingness of those who voted me. You (journalists) will come to know the matter within a day or two,” he added.
5 panels put in 3 days ultimatum
Members of five panels, who boycotted Monday’s election to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU), took position in front of VC office demanding fresh polls schedule.
The panels are : Alliance of Quota Reform Movement, left parties’ Progotishil Chhatra Oikya, Swadhikar Swatantra Parishad and independent alliance and Chhatra Federation supported panels.
Earlier, a procession, led by panels leaders, has been brought out from Raju sculpture around 12:30pm.
After parading the campus, the processionists marched towards the vice-chancellor’s office and took position there.
A six-member delegation also handed over a memorandum to the VC.
Faruk Hossain, joint convener of quota reform movement, said that apart from announcing fresh polls schedule, the cases filed against students over ‘assaulting’ the provost of Ruqayyah Hall will also be withdrawn.
Hunger strike continues
Meanwhile, Six Dhaka University students are continuing fast-unto-death for the second consecutive day on Wednesday demanding re-election to the DUCSU.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, four candidates, who contested in Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) and hall council elections, started the hunger strike at the foot of Raju Sculpture at DU. Later, two general students joined them.
Demonstrator Md Mainuddin said they will continue thewir fast until their demand was met.
However, one of the participant fell sick on the second day and was shifted to Dhaka medical College hospital by 4.30 pm on Wednesday.

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