BCL council likely on March 31, April 1
Published : Friday, 12 January, 2018 at 11:31 PM Count : 112
The 29th central council of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the ruling Awami League student wing, is likely to be held on March 31 and April 1 to elect new leaders of the organisation.
The decision was made at an emergency meeting of BCL central executive committee held at the Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury auditorium of Social Science Faculty of Dhaka University (DU) on Friday morning.
BCL General Secretary SM Jakir Hossain said, “We have fixed council date at an emergency meeting today (Friday) that it’ll be held on March 31 and April 1”.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would be the chief guest of the council programme, so the council date is depending on the Premier’s response” he added
BCL President Saifur Rahman Sohag said, “We held a meeting with all central leaders and instructed them to take preparation for upcoming central council”.
“The details about the council, including council date of DU chapter and Dhaka north unit, would be announced through a press conference” he added.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed BCL President and General Secretary to hold the council on March 31 when they met her at the Ganobhaban.
Earlier on January 6, ruling Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader at the 70th founding anniversary programme of BCL asked its leaders to hold the council, saying the premier expressed her opinion for holding it in the month of independence (March).
After the announcement of the council’s probable date, many of the BCL leaders have started lobbying with former BCL leaders and current AL leaders to get their blessings to be in the top posts of the next committee.
Leaders and activists of the country’s largest and oldest student organization are now regularly gathering at the Madhu’s Canteen mainly to meet the supporters and activists. Who would be in the next committee has now become a talk of the campus.
As the current committee was not taking any steps for holding the council even five months after their tenure expired, a section of BCL central leaders decided to raise their demand through a press conference on January 2. However, they later postponed the press meet following assurance from the AL high command.
The last council was held on July 25-26, 2015, four years after the previous one, keeping Saifur Rahman Sohag and Jakir Hossain as the president and the general secretary respectively.
As many as 28 BCL councils were held in the last 70 years since the organisation’s founding in 1948, whereas only seven were held in last 30 years instead of 15 as per its constitution.
The article 11 (Kha) and (Ga) of the BCL constitution says the tenure of the central executive committee will be two years.