Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  

Appointment of Jamaat Man as Principal
Tension mounts in Jaldhaka as rivals parties hold rallies

Tension is mounting in Jaldhaka over appointment of a Jamaat-e-Islami man as principal of Jaldhaka Degree College.

Opposition political parties led by Awami league and Jamaat are now in a face-off situation, the former opposing the appointment and the later trying to defend itself. Both held rallies to counter each other, which may lead to clashes any time, political observers said.

On Tuesday, the newly formed All Party Students Alliance backed by Awami League and a section of BNP held a rally at the upazila headquaters protesting the appointment of Fazlul Hoq as principal of the college. Its leaders said a tougher agitation will be launched if the Jamaat man is not removed from the post of principal of the college. At the meeting held with Upazila Chhtra Dal General Secretary Shahinur Islam Babu in the chair, Jaldhaka AL secretary Shahid Hossain Rubel alleged that the Jamaat MP Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury has "occupied" posts of governing body chairman in nine educational institutions in Jaldhaka . Taking this advantage he is removing freedom fighters and pro-liberation people from those institutions.

He further alleged that the former principal of Jaldhaka Degree College was removed by the Jamaat-lead governing body as he was a freedom fighter.

He reiterated his call for resisting the process.

Speakers at the rally included upazila JSD president Azizul Islam, JASAS (Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sanskritic Sangstha, ruling BNP's cultural wing) joint secretary Shariful Islam, Juba League (Awami League's youth front) president Abdul Wahed Bahadur, Chhtra League (AL's student front) president Sarwar Rashid, Chhtra Samaj (jatiya Party's student front) president Nadir Hossain.

The speakers bitterly criticised the Jamaat lawmaker for what they called replacing people in key positions in educational institutions with pro-Jamaat men with a view to keep those in his control.

The All Party Students Alliance recently brought out a procession in the upazila headquaters demanding removal of the principal.

To counter the agitation, Jamaat held a rally on Thursdsay, which was addressed by, among others, lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury.

Mizanur Rahman told the rally that the agitation was part of conspiracy and threatened that 'all conspirators would be uprooted if Jamaat workers take to streets'.

Thursday's public meeting called by the governing body of Jaldhaka Degree College was held at the zero point in the town. The Jamaat lawmaker was the chief guest while Enamul Haque, a Madrasa superintendent and a member of the college governing body was in the chair.

The Jamaat lawmaker claimed that the appointment process of the principal and five other teachers of Jaldhaka Degree College was fair and done as per law.

He said that at the selection committee meeting, principal of Rangpur Carmichael University College Nurun Nabi Chaowdhury was present as National University representative, and principal of Nilphamari Government College Mosarraf Hossain was present as the representative of DG (higher education). They found no irregularities in the selection process, he added.

Mizanur Rahman said that the selection committee on the same day ( 29 April) also appointed Abdul Gaffar, upazila convenor of the Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and Muradul Islam, cousin of upazila Awami League president Ansarul Islam Mintu, as lecturers.

"They are not our men. We could reject the their appointments as we are majority in the governing body but we did not do that as we were impartial", he said.

He alleged that Awami League is trying to create an issue out of nothing to create anarchy in Jaldhaka.

Golam Mostafa, the leader of the pro- Awami League teachers group in Jaldhaka Degree College, told newsmen that the appointment of Abdul Gaffar and Muradul Islam is an eye wash to legalise the appointment of the Jamaat man as principal. "It is merely a trick of the Jamaat lawmaker", he added.