Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon yesterday resigned from Dhaka University senate citing personal problems amid demands for his removal from the policymaking body.
BCL Office Secretary Ahsan Habib and Ducsu member Rafiqul Islam Sabuj submitted the resignation letter to the vice chancellor on behalf of Shovon around 4:00pm.
The move comes two days after Shovon and Golam Rabbani were removed from the posts of president and general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League, following allegations of extortion.
“Due to my personal problems, it is not possible for me to perform the duty now… I intend to resign from the post,” reads the senate member’s letter.
DU Vice Chancellor Professor Akhtaruzzaman said he had received the letter and would take steps as per rules.
Meanwhile, on his verified Facebook page, Rabbani yesterday wrote, “Time will say how much of the allegations against me is conspiracy, and how much is exaggeration.”
He also apologised to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the party activists, saying, “I have hurt you; I am regretful and seek your forgiveness.”
He noted that he was not above error. “But I can swear, I have never willingly-knowingly committed any culpable crime which is contradictory to the ideologies and principles of the organisation I love.”
Addressing Hasina, also president of the Awami League, he wrote, “Dear sister, … I want to live the rest of the life with your forgiveness…”
Meanwhile, Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote, an alliance of several left-leaning student organisations, continues to demand suspension of Rabbani from the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union. He is the general secretary of the student body.
At a press conference at the Madhur Canteen, the leaders also demanded fresh polls to the Ducsu.
“A person who has been removed from his organisation’s post on corruption charges cannot hold a Ducsu post,” Chhatra Union President Mehedi Hasan Nobel said.
“WILL TRY TO RECOVER LOST IMAGE”
The new BCL acting president AL Nahian Khan Joy and general secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee yesterday said they would try to bring back the organisation’s lost glory.
The duo started their organisational duties by paying tributes to Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban in Dhanmondi.
“We will try until death to recover the image and heritage of Chhatra League,” Nahian told reporters.