Update April 9, 2018

Dhaka 7-43 pm, 09-August, 2020

BNP supports quota reform

Mirajul Moin Joy

9 April 2018, Nirapad News: The BNP on Monday termed justified the demand of demonstrating students and job-seekers for reform in the existing quota system in public service.

Speaking at an emergency press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP sectary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Almgair alleged that police attacked peaceful demonstrations without any provocation only to suppress the movement of hundreds of students and job-seekers.

“We strongly condemn and protestthe barbaric and unprovoked attack by police on the students and job-seekers who were demonstrating to realise their justified demand,” Fakhrul said.

He also demanded the government immediately release those demonstrators who were detained by police.

Fakhrul also assured that their party, if it returns to power, will revoke the quota except those kept for women, freedom fighters’ children, women and ethnic minority.

On 17 February, students and job-seekers started the movement to press for their five-point demand that include introduction of unified age limit in government jobs, review of quota system in government recruitment process, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination, stopping taking benefit by job-seekers under the same quota, filling vacant posts from merit list if the candidates from quota are not found and fixation of 10 percent quota instead of existing 56 per cent.

The Dhaka University areas turned into a battle field early Monday as a fresh protest started again on Sunday.

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