The ruling Awami League has fallen into an embarrassing situation because of the repeated wrongdoings by its student organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
The ruling camp is concerned as the untoward activities of BCL and internal feud may have impacts on the upcoming city corporation elections as well as the next parliamentary polls.
Party leaders said the latest wrongdoings of BCL, including beating of businessman and failure to quell anti-quota movement, have made AL high-ups furious.
A large number of BCL leaders were involved in the quota reform movement against the government, they said, adding that it is high time to take stern action against BCL.
“Awami League has taken a high risk to hold the BCL council just before the next national election,” an AL central leader said.
“The quota reform movement flared up due to the BCL failure and its broken chain of command,” a secretary-level leader said.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Friday that the party is thinking of reorganising BCL.
“The BCL council will be held next month and it would be shaped a new model,” he added.
“A few unwanted incidents of BCL have embarrassed Awami League and the government. None will be spared.”
The government has a strong stance on the matter.
Law enforcement agencies have been instructed to take stern action, he added.
On Thursday, a video revealed that Chittagong City BCL general secretary Nurul Azim Rony is seen slapping Uniaid Coaching Centre director Rashed Miah.
Rashed alleged that he was beaten as he refused to pay Rony extortion money.But Rony alleged that Rashed, who is his business partner, is trying to embezzle over Tk 9 lakh.
Earlier, Jahed Khan, principal of Chittagong Bigyan College, was allegedly assaulted by Rony.
The BCL is also under pressure as it is failed to tackle the quota reform movement as a good number of BCL leaders were involved in it.
Even the movement was led by few intruders BCL leaders which embarrassed the AL and the government also, an organizing secretary of the AL claimed.
An AL senior leader said Prime Minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina expressed her resentment while the BCL president and the general secretary went to meet her at Ganabhaban on April 11 during the anti-quota movement.
“Two factions of BCL locked into a clash in Madhur canteen on the Dhaka University campus in presence of BCL president Saifur Rahman Sohag, which means he has no control over the body,” he said.
BCL general secretary SM Jakir Hossain said, “Untoward incidents occurred because of our leaders and activists. But we took stern measures instantly against wrongdoers.
“Not only organisational action but also legal measures were taken against the wrongdoers,” he said.