A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) -- who failed to get posts in its new committee -- yesterday began a hunger strike demanding the drop of controversial figures from the student wing and reconstruction of the central committee.
Post-deprived BCL leader Saif Babu said that they began the strike as no one from BCL’s central committee contacted them within their one-day ultimatum earlier.
He further said that they will continue the strike until their demands are met.
Earlier, the post-deprived BCL leaders staged sit-ins at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture in Dhaka University for 33 consecutive days.
The deprived leaders alleged that the new committee had many leaders with criminal records along with non-students and drug dealers.
On May 13, BCL announced its 301-member central committee, touching off controversy and demonstrations by those who could not make it to the committee.
On May 15, Sheikh Hasina directed the BCL president to drop the controversial leaders if allegations against them were found true. On May 29, BCL dropped 19 leaders from its central committee but did not disclose names.