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Quota protesters reunite; vow to wage fresh demo

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10 April, 2018 20:29 PM



Quota protesters reunite; vow to wage fresh demo

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Overwhelming their division in the ongoing quota movement, the students and jobseekers, who postponed their quota reform demonstration on Monday, reunited to wage movement afresh to meet their demands soon.

Their united decision came around 5pm on Tuesday after some comments from Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury and Finance Minister AMA Muhith on the protesters.

Joint Convener of the "Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad" Mohammad Rashed Khan made the announcement at a press conference held in the Dhaka University campus today.

He said: “We will continue our movement until a specific statement from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is made over the existing quota system in the country’s government recruitment processes.”

Finance Minister AMA Muhith in a recent comment said the existing quota system is likely to be reformed after the next national budget.

The minister came up with the prediction while talking with journalists in his secretariat office in the capital today.

Without specification what percentage will be relaxed, he said: “The existing 56 percent quota in the government recruitment processes will be relaxed in the reformation.”

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, on the other hand, has made a remark, saying: “The protest rally is a part of a conspiracy to eliminate the freedom fighters' quota.”

She said this while addressing on point of order in the Jatiya Sangsad in the capital yesterday.

The job seekers and students of various educational institutions in the capital and elsewhere in the country have been demonstrating against the existing quota system in the government recruitment processes for more than a decade.

Rejecting the government’s assurance to examine the existing quota system within next one month, a portion of the demonstrators yesterday announced that they would continue the quota reform movement.

The move came minutes after Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader held a meeting with the protestors deciding the government would deliver its decision on quota reform after necessary review by May 7.

The government would deliver its decision on quota reform after necessary review by May 7, said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday.

The Road Transport and Bridges minister made the comments after holding a meeting with the quota reform demonstrators yesterday afternoon.

He said: "The authorities concerned will let the protesters know their decision on this issue on May 7 after making a necessary review."

As per the assurance of the government, the demonstrators called off their ongoing movement, said the minister. "They will wait until the government decision comes after one month."

“We reject the decision and will continue the demonstration until our demands are met,” the protestors, however, announced blocking some roads adjacent to the University of Dhaka on the day.


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