It appears that Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has been deprived of greetings card from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, on Pahela Baishakh. The allegation surfaced after some 1,000 such cards signed by the premier were discovered inside the kitchen of Madhur Canteen at Dhaka University.
A staff of the canteen found the cards piled up on wastes at the canteen on Saturday and informed the matter to BCL leaders and activists present nearby. Since then, the incident has been garnering criticism from the ruling party's student front, which kept mounting.
The PM, as the AL chief, greets fellow leaders and activists every year on occasion of Bangla New Year and invites them to Gono Bhaban on the occasion. The same applies for the associate bodies of the ruling party. In continuation of the process, she did the same this year as well. Interestingly enough, the cards did not reach BCL leaders or activists.
The incident left many a leader and activist disappointed with frustration growing amongst them. Many of them even reacted on Facebook.
BCL Assistant Secretary Mehedi Hasan Roni wrote on his timeline that "The greetings and invitation cards that Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent to BCL leaders and activists on Pahela Baishakh are stored in the kitchen of Maadhur Canteen. Those cards were not only an approval of access to Gono Bhaban, but a welcome gift to us."
Expressing his resentment, he added that this year, for the first time, BCL leaders, from the central committee to grassroots level, did not get a single card, not even at DU, which is considered the labour room of student politics.
According to the Facebook status of Marufa Aktar Nabila, deputy secretary of BCL environment affairs, " This is really an unfortunate matter. The cards the PM had sent on the previous Pahela Baishakh celebrations were just amazing gifts. After not getting a card, I felt bad and thought that there was no sanction for me as my post (in BCL) is close to the bottom. But, when I came to know what happened, I got confused as to what to say. Those, who did the evil task, do not have the right to deprive us of your warmth because aapa (Hasina) does not belong to them alone."
Laxmipur district unit BCL Organising Secretary Shahab Uddin Sujan's status reads, " It is so regretful that some certain people did it so that people out of them cannot get to Gono Bhaban."
When contacted, BCL President Saifur Rahman Sohag refuted the allegation, saying that they rHecieved 150 cards this year. With these cards, it was not possible to take all fellow leaders and activists to Gono Bhaban. So, many could not get there.
Replying to a query about the cards being found at Madhur Canteen, he claimed that they, usually, keep organisational documents and other papers there.
"But, the information of discovery of the cards is not correct. Maybe, the cards of the previous year were there," he claimed.