Like all her fellows who won the Ducsu elections, Lamea Tanjin Tanha was also invited to the Gono Bhaban yesterday. But she did not attend the event, protesting the alleged irregularities during the polls.
“I, along with my panel, boycotted the election on March 11 afternoon as there were allegations of election rigging. But even after that I was elected as a member from my hall union,” Tanha, who elected as a member of Kabi Sufia Kamal hall, told The Daily Star.
She said she had pledged to work to preserve the rights of every student of the university which, she said, was seized by the anomalies that took place during the elections.
“So, despite being elected, I decided to boycott the election,” she added.
Tanha, a first year student of English department, contested the hall union polls for a member post from the Pragatisheel Chhatra Oikya -- the combined panel of left-leaning Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote and Samrajjobad Birodhi Chhatra Oikya. She won the post securing 841 votes but rejected the results raising allegations of voting irregularities.
“Some people told me that I could have gone to the Gono Bhaban and notify the Prime Minister about the irregularities, but we all know that she has already been informed about it,” she further said.
“Not going there is a kind of protest from my end. As a representative of the students, I did not go there showing respect to the voting rights of students,” she added.
Liton Nandi, who contested for the Ducsu VP position from the same panel, said, “The ethical stance of this girl is very strong, which is why she refused to be a part of such a questionable election.”
Asked about their next course of action, he said the five panels that had boycotted election would hold a press conference around noon today at the Madhur Canteen to announce their next moves.
The newly elected leaders of Ducsu and the 18 hall unions met the prime minister yesterday at her official residence the Gono Bhaban.
Four minibus and six bus carrying the leaders left the university's Mall Chattar area at 2:00pm.
In Monday's elections, which came after 28 years, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) got 23 of the 25 Ducsu posts.
Of the 18 hall unions, 12 went to the BCL, while independents swept in most of the five female halls, where the pro-ruling party's student body has little hold.