Some 20 students of Dhaka University (DU) went on a hunger strike on the campus on Thursday afternoon demanding deferment of the polls to the two Dhaka city corporations slated for January 30.
The students, led by Vice-President of Jagannath Hall Students’ Union Utpal Biswas and General Secretary Kajal Das, gathered in front of the Raju Sculpture carrying placards and started the hunger strike around 2:10pm.
Utpal said it was a matter of sorrow that the Election Commission set January 30 for holding polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on the day of Saraswati Puja. “It didn’t pay any heed to the demand of different social and religious organisations to change the date.”
He also threatened to continue the protest until their demand is met.
Kajal Das said they think the Election Commission’s decision to hold voting on the day of puja is unconstitutional. “We condemn it and hope that the Commission will change their decision.”