Quota reform: Protesters’ decision today

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11 April, 2018 19:14 PM

Quota reform: Protesters’ decision today

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Quota reform demonstrators on Wednesday called off the movement and their decision over prime minister’s comment on quota system will be known today.

Joint Convener of the "Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad" Nurunnabi Nur has confirmed the news yesterday evening.

They will examine the legal issues of the prime minister’s speech given in connection with the quota cancellation, the protesters added.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the parliament the existing quota system is cancelled in order to put an end to the ongoing protests.

“If necessary, special measures will be taken for the recruitment of the small ethnic group and the people with physical disabilities,” she also hinted.

She also ordered the protesters to return to class.

She said: "We don't need to keep the existing quota system as the students and jobseekers will stage repeated demonstrations over the issue which will affect their education process."

"No quota system will exist in the country as the students don't want it. I'm against any violence in the name of demonstration and I also can't see the common people suffer for the movement. So, cancelling the quota system is the best solution to the crisis," she added.

“I have directed the Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam to scrutinize the existing quota system on Monday but why the students went on the movement again,” she asked the protesters.

The prime minister made the announcement while addressing the national parliament session on Wednesday.

She further said: "I don't think that reforming the quota method will bring any permanent solution as the students and jobseekers would be engaged with the issue and would call further movement."

She also strongly condemned and criticized the attack on the official residence of the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University.

The students should identify the attackers, she said. "We cannot support such type of violent activities and those who were involved in the attack will be brought to trial."